Phoebe Cummings and ‘Truth to Materials’

‘Triumph of the Immaterial’  (detail) – installation in raw clay by Phoebe Cummings   I was delighted to see that Phoebe Cummings has recently won the inaugural Women’s Hour Craft Prize (8 November 2017) with ‘Triumph of the Immaterial’ – a installation piece in raw clay which took 5 weeks to create and is currently on display at the V&A. … 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

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 Burning of the Leaves

Autumn Leaves As I write this we are fast approaching bonfire night.   All around the country people are heaping up leaves, twigs and acorns and buying Sparklers. If you follow my Instagram posts you will have noticed that I love the myriad forms and colours of autumn. This is the season I enjoy the most and perhaps it is no … Read More

Golden Oak Leaves

Golden Oak Leaves Some places have a timeless quality.  My neighbours’ garden is one such place.  An old farmstead, it is dominated by a grand old oak tree which offers shelter to many birds, animals and insects throughout the year.  It is a magical place and sitting under its canopy, on a sunny afternoon or at dusk, there is a … Read More