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Clay Culture Trail

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.

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We look forward to welcoming you for pot-talk, home-baked goodies, mulled drinks in handthrown cups and more.

For full details you can download the leaflet: inside / outside, or see the Facebook event listing.

New exhibition at Gallery57 Arundel

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.

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Coastal currents 2018: my pick of the events & exhibitions

Coastal Currents is the massive arts festival for Hastings & St Leonards. I will again be opening my studio as part of the festival but I thought you might also like to see some of the many many other things that are happening to whet your appetite!

 NEW QUEERS ON THE BLOCK  performance

NEW QUEERS ON THE BLOCK performance

 Claudia Kappenberg  Shore Variations

Claudia Kappenberg Shore Variations

 Bernard McGuigan:  Solo Sculpture Exhibition

Bernard McGuigan: Solo Sculpture Exhibition

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!

A taste of Christmas at Great Dixter

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.

New Hastings stockist: Printed Matter Bookshop

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!

Pick of Coastal Currents Arts Festival 2017

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

OPEN STUDIOS

'Dish of the Day' exhibition opens today

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 to P.Franco!

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.

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'!