‘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

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

Tammy Midkiff – Watercolour Artist

Gray Dog (Watercolour and gouache ) by Tammy Midkiff I have recently renewed an old friendship thanks to Instagram.   I first met Tammy Midkiff in 1993 when we went to live in the USA for work-related reasons.  Tammy, her husband Ray and their daughter ‘Little Rae’ helped us settle in and find our feet in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. They … 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

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

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

Tomb

Graphite on Paper – Tomb, Exeter Cathedral As an artist, art historian, arts administrator, writer and curator, I am interested in a wide cross-section of fine art, craft and visual culture as a whole and have recently been going through a period of personal and creative reflection and reassessment. Over the years, I have used paper, pencil, paint, pastels, photography, … Read More