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

Jane Daniell – Artist and Printmaker

Jane Daniell – Aquatint Etching “Once upon a Time” – (detail) I popped into Southbank Printmakers Gallery – an artist-run cooperative at Gabriel’s Wharf – just before Christmas with a friend who collect prints.  (We were on our way to Tate Modern but the Southbank has so much to offer that we took our time and meandered for a while). … 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

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

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

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

Annie Turner’s sculptural ceramics

‘Martello Tower’ by Annie Turner – Ceramic vessel with fishing net (detail) I was very fortunate to have Annie Turner as a tutor on my ceramic diploma course several years ago.  She is a gifted teacher who demonstrates techniques clearly and is happy to share not only her extraordinary hand-building skills but also her slip and glaze recipes. In her … 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

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