‘Lucky Beads’ – On Artists, Art and Intangible Connections

A box of ‘treasure’ – found objects, ceramic and glass work received from Alison Bournes   I am a subscriber to ‘Kolaj’ magazine – published in Canada and dedicated to the art of collage.  It is a fascinating periodical, full of interesting images, articles and comment. In the current issue (23), Ric Kasini Kadour has written an editorial entitled ‘Lucky Beads’.  It … Read More

Instagram – Contacts and Creative Inspiration

Paperclay shoes from an installation entitled  ‘Not all things go to plan’  by Alison Bournes. Some months ago I gained a new follower on Instagram.  This artist had started making shoes from porcelain paperclay and I assumed that, rather than being a coincidence, there must be a link to my own ceramic work.   A series of direct messages revealed … Read More

I must go down to the sea again ….

Old family snapshot – Three Generations – ‘Paddling’   It’s September.  This is the time of year when, according to a ritual of our own making, we take an autumn trip to the ‘Far West’.  I often long for the sea.  And I know I am not alone. The August edition of Toast’s online magazine featured a piece entitled ‘The … Read More

Angel Roofs of East Anglia

Angel – Roof detail from St Peter Mancroft, Norwich (photo by Michael Rimmer) Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know of my interest in ecclesiastical architecture and, in particular,  Angel Roofs – medieval timber structures decorated with ornate carvings of angels – a preponderance of which are to be found in East Anglia.   The money needed … Read More

Sara Fanelli

‘Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly’ – mixed media illustration (from ‘Sometimes I think, Sometimes I am – by Sarah Fanelli)   I stumbled across Sara Fanelli’s fascinating work completely by accident a few years ago in the Tate Modern Bookshop.  I was looking for a present for a godchild and picked up her fabulous book entitled Mythological … Read More

‘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