Southern Ceramic Group

Woman plans, gods laugh

As regular blog readers will have noticed I had planned a busy summer for myself and the pots, including a stand at the forthcoming West Dean Arts & Craft Festival. Unfortunatly the universe / the gods / pure dumb luck / whoever had other ideas.

Last weekend, whilst watering the allotment, I managed to fall down a hole hidden by long grass and sprain my ankle. This has caused a level of pain and immobility I would never have imagined possible from the term 'sprain'! (I'll save you from an image of the ankle itself in all its puffy purple splendour).

As a result I have been forced to slow right down, spend huge amounts of time resting, and accept being confined to the first floor. I have also had to accept that I will not be able to spend the whole summer rushing about as intended and have had to revise my plans. This has been a hard lesson to learn for someone as inveterately busy as myself, but perhaps it's for the best in the long run. Instead I shall be concentrating on getting the new studio properly set up and doing a smaller number of events in a less frenzied and more prepared fashion.

I will now not be appearing at West Dean, or taking part in the Southern Ceramic Group Show. The summer workshop series are also being re-scheduled for later in the year. My apologies to any of you who may have plans effected by these changes.

My next event, for 3 weekends in June will be South East Open Studios starting on Friday 9th. I'll be posting some more details on the blog & social media etc between now and then and look forward to welcoming you to me new 'shedquarters'!

Show time! A summer programme of events & exhibitions

I have a busy summer ahead with lots of great shows that you might enjoy.

Here's a round-up for your diary.

1. Made Bloomsbury

I will have a stand at this lovely show- plus! I have some 2-for-1 vouchers for this show that I can email you, so if you'd like please do get in touch and send me your email address.

2. Kent Potter's Association Open Exhibition

This year for the first time my work will be at the KPA show. It's on 26 May - 25 June at The Stables Gallery, Hall Place, Dartford, DA5 1PQ

3. West Dean Arts & Crafts Festival featuring Made

2-4 June 2017

West Dean Gardens near Chichester, PO18 0QZ

A great show in the splendid West Dean gardens, I'll be making my debut with a stand and some new work.

4. South East Open Studios

9-25 June 2017

20 Clifton Rd, Hastings, TN35 5AN

This year is the 20th anniversary of this huge show with hundreds of artists over 4 counties. Join me for my inaugural open studio in the new space with guest artist Celia David & light refreshments. Open other times by appintment.

5. Dish of the Day: Contemporary tableware

22 July to 26 August 2017

Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

I'm delighted to have been invited to show my work at the Bluecoat with several great potters.

6. Southern Ceramics Group Summer Exhibition

29 July - 13 August 2017

Bishops Kitchen, Chichester Cathedral, PO19 1PX

Another first for me, my work will be part of this regional round-up.

7. Coastal Currents Open Studios

2-10 September 2017

20 Clifton Rd, Hastings, TN35 5AN

More details on this one will be available nearer the time, it's a big cultural festival for the Hastings area so well worth a weekend to explore. Again I'll be showing in my studio, with guest artist Jemma Wyllie.

 

I hope to see you somewhere along the way this summer!