It was a great way to start the weekend! I was given a platform to speak about my work as part of the Hertford Arts Trail 2019 launch night at Hertford Castle. The audience were a sea of new faces to me so very unlike the teaching experience of more recent years (I am also remembering presenting to large delegations of surgeons in a previous working life!). It was a warm welcome and I really enjoyed the experience. Thank you Hertford Council and Courtyard Arts for the opportunity!
My latest piece has been a long time in making. The finishing of wisdom is, as one might expect, a slow process! But in all seriousness, the qualities in this ancient moustachioed man really touches something about the nature of wisdom.
This piece explores the societal expectations that accompany traditions of knowledge and wisdom.
It presents the archetype of a single man, supporting his head with his dominant hand. The head and the mouth are hollow vessels, containing and expressing infinite knowledge. The moustache, in the form of a generous blue bow on an enlarged white glazed mouth, is a symbol of male societal traditions in beauty, age and rank.
The figure emerged through the ‘making first’ technique; taking a piece of clay and making without directing thought or expectation. Surface decoration is with contrasting slips and glazes and are fully developed at 1260°C. In particular, the gloss blue and white of the mouth and moustache speak to the large historical catalogue of blue and white ceramics.
A man made by a woman is a significant: it refers more widely to a movement towards healing and wholeness that is central to my practice.
I am delighted to say that I am now working in collaboration with Vinterior.co
Select pieces will be listed on their site for purchase online. Direct enquiries here are still very welcome as well.
Visit my Vinterior collection here.
A little detail of one of my #thrown #handmade #stoneware #ceramic #bowls #tableware #Herts #HertsOpenStudios #yellow #white #turquoise #Pink £345
It is here! Herts Open Studios is less than a month away.
I will be opening my studio on 8 and 15 September 11.30am – 5pm on each day. I am location number 23 in the brochure (page 14).
Entry is free entry and it is a great opportunity to see and buy latest work from my studio. The whole of Hertfordshire is also on show, with regional trails in the following areas:
Slightly obsessed with tea bowls at the moment. Happy with these colour combinations: looking forward to setting these up for individual shots.
Couldn’t resist this shot decoration done, ready for the clear glaze. These pieces are in the kiln. Check back in two days for results
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Happy to announce that the next Open Studios will be in September. I have joined forces with Herts Visual Arts, bringing together the amazing range of artists that live and work in Hertfordshire. I will be open on 8 and 15 September 11.30am – 5pm. New work will be on show and there is an opportunity to buy direct (works from £150).
This promises to be an inspiring month with a great depth of Hertfordshire’s artistic talent on show throughout. Hertfordshire is a large county so there will be a lovely thick booklet to whet the appetite and to keep everybody engrossed for the whole month. I will be listed as ‘Enterprise Arts’, and will be showing with a colleague, Hilary Kidd, who works with mixed media 2d photography and print. See more of her work at www.hilarykidd.com.
Register your interest by contacting me via the contact page to receive the brochure but watch social media for updates and developments: #hertsopenstudios
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