Thursday, 27 September 2012

its really time for sleep.......

however I am waiting for a lovely earl grey tea bread to finish cooking in the oven so thought i would add some more images of my studio where I make ceramics.



 

I have a bit of a thing about old clock faces, this is a lovely piece it has come from a clock that was like a little house. i still have the casing and this eventually will probably house a small animal or bird...



This came from a small paper bag cant remember now which shop but I love the image so it hangs on my wall , I can see her waving at me whenever I look up from my work and she makes me smile




Any space tends to be full of things here are the clock cases and one still in tact in front of the clocks are some old moulds from an old ceramics factory I love the simplicity of white objects they make pleasing shapes....maybe is because its time for sleep that I showed you the clocks , hurry up cake it smells yummy I'm off to check its ok .thanks for looking at my objects of interest..I'll let you know if the cake turns out ok!

waiting for a friend......

I am waiting for my friend to come so that we can take Lola for a walk. Whilst I have a quick cuppa I thought you might like to see some inspirational things from my studio. I have got lots on at the moment my eldest son is getting married in a weeks time and I have been allowed free reign in my creativity photos will appear after the said date !!!

in the meantime I hope you enjoy and find inspiring the photos I have taken............


must dash friend has come and dog is impatient post more later

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

late tuesday afternoon before a cup of tea............

its been a very blustery day today with lovely bright sunshine than black/blue clouds full of rain.Lola is waiting for her walk but as its spitting with water from the sky i decided to add some more images for you to peruse..


this is Elsie and her home sweet home stage, she is joined by her pet dog and an escaped chicken......


this is the set up for the 'through the wardrobe ' exhibition I know you have sen it in the window on the previous blog but I love the way the fairy lights sparkle almost giving it a fairground appeal. and lets face it Yee ha is always up for a performance if he can steal the limelight!!

Here is Lotta she is mostly ceramic but to enable her to express herself she has fabric arms stuffed and wired she looks rather pensive I think and could quite easily be the middle sister..

Oh I must dash the storm clouds are leaving and a rainbow has appeared. Lola and I will run up the hill to find a pot of gold!!!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

its turned out wet...

its turned out wet .............................

well the kiln is loaded with a lustre firing ( gold on bits and pieces) , the builders are in the laundry fixing sinks and worktops so i am holed up with the computer. I thought I would find some interesting photos for you ...



this is the window of the Form gallery in Wales. The lovely Claire Wood came to see my work and asked me to fill her gallery ! Six months after i produced the exhibition 'Through the wardrobe'  a celebration of stories, childhood and handmade objects. Betty , Birdie and Lotta were the three sisters inspired by the finding of the old wooden sewing boxes. the ironing board is the plinth a reminesence of domestic life , the curtain references childhood and the making of stages , dens and hidey holes. Yee ha the donkey pulls the truck along the 'stage' floor telling yet another tale...

this is an earlier piece of work. the exhibition was in the process of being set up hence the broom on the left of the photo! the tea trolley is set ready for tea with tea pot jug and cup and saucer.I use old pieces of furniture in my work where they become something else. An old table someone was throwing away required a new life it was given casters a coat of pent a lovely fabric cover and handles.

 a close up detail of little table from 'No Peas for Jane'

a little cupboard........full of things

Friday, 7 September 2012

late friday with clear blue skies.......................

its a lovely sunny warm evening and I have been loading and unloading kiln today so i think I need a five minute sit down.  I've been looking through my photos wondering what to show you today and a chair seemed appropriate since I am sitting down ! I shall introduce you to 'My lovely'






This chair was made for an exhibition at Unit twelve Jennifer Collier's gallery. The exhibition was all about aprons and called 'Ties that bind'. This chair is a child's chair and was found in a junk shop in Wales. It seemed to want to be purchased and when I was approached to do a piece for the exhibition the chair popped into my head. Because it is a child's chair it became  a reflection of childhood and the relationship between mother and child. The fabrics used are vintage children's fabrics, an old woolen baby gown becomes the main part of the apron, the 'frock' on the chair is full of references to children's clothes.The apron is hooked and tied onto the chair referencing the phrase 'tied to a mothers apron' the actual apron is stuffed and padded almost as if its a child sitting. The piece was called 'My Lovely' a reference to Wales and the man I bought the chair off but also I think its a lovely poetic phrase that you would like to call a child.


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

well today its sunny..........

 

it is a lovely sunny September morning , the kiln is on , the dog has been walked so I thought I'd try and catch up with some news.
This is a mouse that lives in my house ! he has his smart tie on and for some reason is holding a lovely flower. the dog is a junk market find and was rescued to join the menagerie of found objects living in corners of the house....

I briefly went to the junk market yesterday and have promised to show you purchases. I can not as yet tell you where these items fit into my work , sometimes they just appeal and I cant explain why but I know they might come in handy!

lots of clock faces and these beautiful old photograph frames and an old athletics badge! I hated sport at school it was never really my thing , reading was much more enjoyable !
I love the country scene on the linen mat underneath all my bits and pieces. I dream of a studio surrounded by countryside , chickens, my lovely dog, cats but hey I did say dream ! I enjoyed reading about the stylist Emma Freemantle in Selvedge magazine she lives on a narrow boat that is also her studio and then the same month there was an article on houseboats in Country Living Magazine oh dear I am still dreaming !! Its just so nice to be inspired by lovely things that dont cost much but have a history and the stains and distress add to their beauty. I hope you enjoy them too. I am now off to do some sewing and hope you all see something lovely today.....