Monday, July 26, 2010

One week off a year! So we took the boat to Liverpool and headed south, 500 miles south, all the way to St Ives, until we couldn't get any further away. But before we had to turn round and drive all the way back again, we stumbeled accross the Leach Pottery (we knew it was there but we were looking for the beach) now I'm desperate to build a kiln and a wooden kick wheel! I subjected poor Julian to so much ceramics I may not be allowed another holiday.

The picture perfect St Ives.

A mega climbing Kiln in The Leach Pottery in St Ives.

A very busman's holiday!

I packed the kiln today with the dry pots people made at the Queenie Festival. Fingers crossed for their first firing! Will be glazing later this week.

Drying pots, can anyone spot theirs?

and here are the finished pots, they've turned out beautifully!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pictures, pictures, pictures...

Ok one picture

This piece was a commission for a lovely lady who'd seen my work at the Isle of Man Art's Society Easter Exhibition. It came out of the kiln with the most amazing glaze drip. Before I gave it to her I made a little calico cushion to sit on so the drip wouldn't get broken.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Queenie Festival 2010

This weekend was the Queenie festival in Port St Mary. Woo-hoo-fishy!

For the last 7 days I've lived by our old art college moto of "Sleep is for the weak" (I must find out the latin for that - as if I'm not going to go google it now) and I have been hard-core-to-the-floor.

Somnus est ob Imbecillis. See I told you, but my latin grammar is shocking!

7 days of so little sleep I can't believe I'm not dead (am I hammering this home a bit too much? - that doesn't sound like something I'd do). But the only problem is I never got to see the rumored "starfish you can hold yourself" that would've been mega!

I was "Mrs Blue Peter" for the day and gave pottery lessons to any child who got within arm's reach of the pottery wheel. I'll take photos of thier awesome tiney pots tomorrow, when the world stops spinning anti clockwise and I can see straight again. A Camera is going on the top of the list of things to bring with me next time I do a demo, that and lunch.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Exciting times!

First time blogger - life long procrastinator - occasional dresser of cats in funny little outfits.

This is exciting!

In May I left work (it turned out to be much less interesting than it sounded) to become a full time potter in the Isle of Man.


But I've found my friends and family are looking less an less interested now, when I insist on telling them about the latest potting discovery I've made, throwing technique I've picked up or catastrophic kiln accident I've had.

That’s why I hope keeping a blog might help… somewhere to keep track of the little achievements (when I have some) and catastrophic disasters (want to have less) that I hope will add up to some good pots. - and stop me boring the next person I see.

Lets do it! Tomorrow.