The Insight exhibition featuring some of my recent Dungeness inspired work continues until this Sunday at the Hastings Arts Forum. There’s some fascinating work and suprising connections between the work of the 5 different artists showing, so do visit if you can.
As you may have heard, I have been having some trouble with my shoulder for some time now. After 15 months of treatment it’s still not right and I have had to make some tough decisions.
While it’s recovering I’m not able to throw well enough or consistently enough to rely on, and it seems that throwing on the potter’s wheel was part of the cause of the problem.
I have enjoyed making these pieces and know that people have enjoyed using them, so this was a hard decision made with regret, but an essential one none-the-less as I have to prioritise basic health and a phsyically sustainable practice.
Apologies to any of you who were hoping that this work would be available in the longer term. I do still have some stock left and the very last pieces available are listed in my shop should you want a final opportunity to add to your collection. There will also be a special sale for newsletter subscribers coming up soon - so if you’d like to take advantage of that do subscribe now!
Thanks to all of you who have supported me this work over the last 6 years, every bit of feedback and sale however small are all much appreciated.
For me the silver lining of all this has been the time it has given me to explore new inspirations and return to hand-biulding techniques which I am now enjoying very much. I will continue to make and develop my ideas and share that journey here on the website and on social media. So far it’s proving quite different to the work you were previously familiar with, but I hope you’ll find it interesting even so.
PS. I’m due to see the surgeon shortly and am also seeing a chiropractor and doing feldenkrais, so the shoulder is well looked after. I’m told it will recover full strength and movement eventually, it’s just a case of keeping it moving as much as possible for now until it does recover - whenever that is, and learning from the incident to take better care of my body moving forward.
You are all invited to join us for the first ever Hasting Clay Culture Trail event. We have 13 talented ceramicists in 4 venues for you to visit. It’s an amazing range of work so there’s lots to discover!
My studio is one of the venues (no. 1 on the map) and I will be showing my new Dungeness series as well as my thrown tableware collections . I’ll also have christmas decorations, postcards and seconds at clearance prices and information about my forthcoming courses.
Guest artist Yvette Glaze will be showing with me and brings along hand-built forms that carry her distinctive print-making approach.
This winter my only event will be the Great Dixter Christmas Fair on November 24th & 25th. It’s a wonderful event so I highly reccomend it if you are able to get out to Northiam. There’s a carefully curated selection of artists, makers, designers, artisan food producers and other gifts plus open fires, talks, food and mulled wine. (You also get a sneak peak round the gardens whilst they are closed for winter but nonetheless stunning!)
I hope to see you there.
Great news! My work will be featuring in a new still life exhibition at the wonderful Gallery57 in Arundel, opening on Saturday. When I was developing the Feast collection one of the things I paid particular attention to was the way in which my forms could contribute to an ad hoc still life tablescape as they were used or shelved, so it'll be fascinating to see it deliberately paired up and displayed in this way.
Gallery57 is genuinely my favourite gallery to follow on Instagram as they always show beautiful interesting work and curate it brilliantly, so I am beyond thrilled to have my pots included in their autumn/winter show. Do go along if you get the chance. Arundel may be a small town but it punches way above its weight for contemporary art with several good galleries so it's well worth a trip! If you can't get there in person you can always check them out on Instagram.
There's also an intriguing series of installations by Shopkeepers of the World exploring the idea of the charity shop as the archive of the community. The completed works are on display in a range of shops in Bexhill & St Leonards. Details on p53 of the printed programme, but I haven't managed to find them on the website so we may have to just go for a wander and see what we find!
Visitors to Hastings Old Town will now be able to find a selection of my work for sale alongside the amazing midcentury vintage furniture and contemporary pieces offered by OD*E Interiors. They were my number one choice so I'm thrilled to have my work there for the discerning Hastinger to discover!
Images by OD*E Interiors.
I am please to announce that my work is now available through the online retailer Emma & Louise. They specialise in pieces made by women and have a wonderful collection so do have a gander. You can find my pieces here.
This was a good day! Some of my work went off to Battle to be shown in the Cornershop gallery there for the first time. It's great to have a new stockist in the local area and Battle's always good for a visit (there's also a tea room in a timber framed building that stocks my favourite type of tea!). As you can see from the snap taken whilst I was un-packing it's mainly tableware plus some extras to add some wow to the table.
Do stop in for a visit if you are the area, youan fintheir details here.
Join me at the Great Dixter fair on Sat 24 & Sun 25 Nov. Dixter is the home and garden of the inspirational garden writer Christopher Lloyd, famed for his creativity and his entertaining. The event is a fitting mix of food, gardens, books, crafts and more - and of course there's the house and garden to enjoy as well.
Do come along and join us if you can, full details are on the Dixter website.
I'm very happy to be supplying plates and bowls to Jamie Oliver & his team. They're officially for use in a forthcoming TV series, which I *might* mention again when it airs, but for now there's a tasty hint from his instagram feed with this great looking squash recipe.
Sometimes it helps to have a shopkeeper in the family. As you may know my partner recently opened Printed Matter Bookshop and has generously offered me some space to sell my wares. I'm utilising the space to create a local outlet for seconds, samples and overstock all at 50% off so do check it out if you're in the area and like a hand-crafted bargain.
If you'd like to know more about why something gets marked down as a second you may find this blog post interesting: what is a second?
The shop is open everyday except Weds and stocks a great range of interesting books so check those out as well!
Coastal Currents is Hastings' own arts festival. I saw a little bit of it last year but am excited to see more - and to participate - this year.
The festival has a big open studios strand, and my space will be open for the weekends of 2/3 & 9/10 Sept from 11-6. Guest artist Jemma Wyllie will be joining me to show her work too.
In the run-up to the festival here's my personal selection of things to look out for.
EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
I'm very pleased to announce that a selection of my work will be on show at the wonderful Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool as part of their contemporary tableware exhibition 'Dish of the Day'. The preview is tonight so do go along if you are in the area.
Sadly I don't think I'll be able to get up there to see it in person but I look forward to seeing some photographs. Having been there in the past I'm confident that all those that do get to visit will have a great time!
Dish of the Day / Saturday 22nd July 2017 - Saturday 26th August 2017
This exhibition will highlight the contemporary ranges of beautiful handmade functional tableware that is being produced by potters across the UK.
Our dining table will also include ranges of complementary table linen and utensils in wood and metal with furniture by leading makers.
Confirmed makers include Clod & Pebble, Emily Doran, Dove Street Pottery, Helen Faulkner, Teresa Green, Miriam Jones, Lindean Mill Glass, Hugh Miller, Marged Owain, Pottery West, Jane Sarre, Charlotte Storrs, Kaori Tatebayashi, Michael Taylor, Christine Toh & Sarah Went.
Congratulations today to one of my clients; the creative, talented and hard working team at P.Franco for their place in the Top 100 UK restaurants according to the National Restaurant Awards. They are serious about the wine and food pairing and turn out amazing dishes from a tiny kitchen so it's great to see their work being rewarded and to play my small part in supporting their endeavours. Bravo!
All photos by P.Franco.
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'!