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

Joan Miro – Assemblage – Found Objects and Figures

Joan Miro – Figure and Bird, Bronze 1968   I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend in Barcelona this summer. Such an amazing city – lovely people and fabulous architecture. I was delighted by Gaudi, but I think the highlight for me was probably Fundacio Joan Miro.   It is a spacious purpose-built gallery situated on Montjuic with wonderful … Read More

C F Tunnicliffe: Ladybird Nature Series and ‘What to Look for in Autumn’

C F Tunnicliffe from The Ladybird Nature Series: ‘What to Look for in Autumn’   The Royal Academy in London recently hosted a small but beautifully curated exhibition of C F Tunnicliffe’s work.   I made reference to it in an earlier Instagram post. I have seen some of his wonderful engravings reproduced as cards but had completely forgotten that he … Read More

Poppy Seedheads and Paper Poppies

Drying Seedheads   We grow a variety of poppies in our garden along the border with the neighbouring field. I say ‘grow’ but they really seed themselves and pop up wherever the wind or birds distribute the seeds. I generally leave them be and let them thrive unless they invade the vegetable garden. I collect the heads and dry them … Read More