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

Eye – Painting on glass by 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 is a thought-provoking piece in which … 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

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

Ceramic Shoes

‘Reap only what you sow’ – Ceramic Shoes (Stoneware clay with oxides and glaze). Those of you who have visited my website before will know that I have labelled myself a ‘ceramist’ in recent years as, since completing a two year Ceramic Diploma in 2007, this has been my primary discipline.  I am known best for ceramic shoes although I … Read More