‘A Leaping Hare’

‘A Leaping Hare’ – a curation / assemblage from mud-larking finds   I am passionate about the countryside and the animals and birds with whom we share our rural habitat.  We see numerous rabbits but in all the time I have lived in this area of North Kent I have never seen a hare.  So whenever we take a trip … Read More

Kevin Crossley-Holland – An East Anglian Poet

‘Watercolour’ – from: Poems from East Anglia by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Published by Enitharmon.   I am an avid reader of poetry (and occasionally put pen to paper myself).  Poetry seems to enable us to capture images and emotions so sensitively and concisely – a few well-chosen words, cleverly combined and arranged into lines or verses, can express so much more … Read More

Snowbound

Self-Portrait with Snow   As I write this I am sitting warmly indoors looking out at a snow-covered garden to the fields and river beyond.  The bare tree branches are swaying in the cold easterly wind and a thick layer of snow carpets every horizontal surface.  ‘The beast from the east’ has struck and left we rural folk incarcerated – … Read More

Images and Words: Words and Images

‘Not Waving but Drowning’ – a curation I spotted this piece of sea-worn glass on a recent mud-larking expedition. Within a couple of feet of it lay a tiny porcelain arm.  It was a bitterly cold day but the wind and tide had churned up the river bed and swept some interesting pieces on to the high-tide line.  Sometimes the … Read More

Robert Cooper

Tea Caddy – Robert Cooper   I was fortunate to have Robert Cooper as a tutor during my two years on the City Lit Ceramic Diploma course.  He is a free-spirit with an open-minded and experimental approach to ceramics, as well as being a committed, engaging and enormously enthusiastic teacher – full of ideas and suggestions. An inveterate collector and … Read More

Inspiration Board – ‘Re-Hang’

‘Inspiration Board’ from my studio   Like many artists and creatives I collect and keep images which appeal to me.  These are often in digital form but I still like tangible ‘hard copies’ which can come from many sources – newspapers, magazines, greetings cards, art exhibitions, galleries, open studios or specialist shops.  Sometimes they are ‘ephemera’ or things I simply … Read More

Carol Farrow 1944-2012

Paperclay ‘implement’ by Carol Farrow   I received a mysterious parcel on my birthday last month marked ‘Fragile’.  Carefully unwrapping it I found a small shovel-shaped ‘implement’, in delicate chalky grey, which I immediately recognised as the work of Carol Farrow.  It was accompanied by a card which read: “I saw this and thought of you”. This gift was sent … Read More

Mr Owl

‘Mr Owl’ – A school pottery project   An old friend of ours has a handsome period property in South London which he has recently spent a great deal of time and effort refurbishing and we went to admire it over supper earlier this month. During a quick scan of the room to take in all the changes, my eyes … Read More

The concept of ‘Home’

Cover design of ‘Home’ by Carson Ellis.   I picked up a children’s book in a gift shop recently entitled ‘Home’ by Carson Ellis.  It illustrates, very beautifully and imaginatively, many different homes and the people or creatures that inhabit them. I’ve always found ‘home’ an interesting concept.  What is it that makes a ‘home’?  I suppose it means different … Read More

The Beauty of the Garden

Illustration by Inga Moore – from ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett   If you follow me on Instagram you will notice that I am a lover of the great outdoors.  I also like historic places – houses and gardens – that have grown and matured with a succession of owners.  I enjoy the sense of continuity that comes … Read More