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

Tilly

‘Curation’ – ‘Tilly’ – Found object assemblage   I was at the London Palladium for a rock concert earlier this month. A very old fashioned and ornate venue – strangely at odds with the mood of the evening and most of the band’s fans. They opened with a ‘pastiche’ newsreel featuring the band headlining on ‘Sunday Night at the London … Read More

Lest we forget

‘Curation’ – ‘Lest we forget’   This little figure, with her head bowed and a far away look in her eye, is the personification of contemplation and mindfulness. Made entirely from found objects, she wears a little ceramic ‘helmet’, her neck is glass and her body a broken vase decorated with faded foliage and a bird motif.  She was inspired, … Read More

Herald

‘Curation’ – ‘Herald’ Inspired in part by Laurence Binyon’s poem (see my ‘Autumn Leaves’ post), I put this little figure together from autumnal hues and textures – oddly shaped pieces of ceramic and metal that I found on the foreshore. This young boy, in his autumn finery, is carrying a tiny branch of seedpods. He epitomises the richness and variety … Read More

The White Feather

‘Curation’ – ‘The White Feather’ This angelic but determined little figure in her oyster shell skirt and tiny oyster shell bonnet is striding purposefully brandishing a white feather. One of her arms – and the ‘ground’ beneath her feet – is made of bone. White feathers are symbolic of cowardice, danger and impeding doom but can also indicate the presence … Read More

Clay Pipes

Clay Pipes I come across numerous clay pipes – or fragments of them – on the foreshore. They are a common find for mud-larkers as most working men smoked tobacco in ‘days of yore’. What is fascinating is that they come in so many sizes, shapes and designs. The one with the Buffalo Head and letters RAOB (Royal Antedeluvian Society … Read More

Pipe Dream

‘Curation’ – ‘Pipe Dream’ I photograph these ‘curations’ before dismantling them into their component parts for re-use or re-incorporation into different forms. This strikes me as the most appropriate and sustainable way of working with these unique ‘treasures’.  Many are retrieved from the brackish estuary or beaches of North Kent, swept in on the tide and reclaimed later that same … Read More

A Good Listener

‘Curation’ – ‘A Good Listener’ Since moving to this part of Kent I have become a regular mud-larker.  The Thames Estuary is rich in fragments of history from Neolithic times to the present day.  I often take myself for walks along the foreshore and have amassed an interesting collection of ‘finds’.  I enjoy displaying these, playing around with them and … Read More