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A great 10 days were spent at the pop-up gallery at the Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre overlooking the amazing Morecambe Bay in Silverdale! Our efforts were rewarded by this dramatic sunset as we were packing down on the last night – it made my weekend! AND it also gave me an impromptu photo opportunity to get a rather special backdrop for the garden sculptures. It’s a bit challenging to get good images… Read More

This weekend has been a trip down memory lane for me and several others who had the privilege of studying at one of the finest art colleges of its time (if not THE finest). Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Wiltshire, was unique. For many years Bath Academy of Art was a facilitator of experimental creative activity allowing and encouraging it’s students to explore without boundaries. Everything was possible! Unlike many universities of… Read More

Anybody who knows me well will wonder why I’m fiddling about with small lumps of clay these days, which is very unlike me! Well its simple really—I’ve been restricted by the size of my kiln! Very frustrating! As many of you will know, I’ve moved back into my old workshop at home (no rent to pay or petrol!), but unfortunately there’s loads of restoration work to be done before I can install… Read More

  The Silverdale & Arnside Art Trail got off to an amazing start yesterday lunchtime despite the weather! We had lots of eager visitors wanting to have first pick of the collection of goodies on offer at venue 8, which included ceramics, knitted textiles, stone carvings and stained glass. It was hilarious that customers purchasing the 5′ tall garden flowers preferred them unwrapped (pretty difficult anyway!) and were spotted throughout the village… Read More

…….some strange new floral species have sprung up during the last few gorgeous sunny days! The stems are strong enough to be plant stakes for the less robust of plants… because as you can see, I’ve moved on from wire to metal rod!…. I think they’re a lovely garden, plant pot or window box addition, brightening up any day of the week…. rain or shine… adding a little splash of colour to… Read More

…….was mostly about making clay/wire flowers for the Silverdale & Arnside Art Trail….BUT…..I was so delighted when I reached into the kiln and pulled out this little beauty,  I decided to spend some time twisting wire instead! The bowl measures about 30cms diameter around the rim and has stunning glazes which pool at the bottom looking a bit like glass…..and although I had made it with the intention of using it in… Read More

A couple of weeks ago I decided to have a go at traditional wire basket making with some friends. …..Our teacher was Dave Scragg of ‘Lovewire’ based in Norfolk…. who very kindly travelled all the way up to Silverdale to share his skills and help us all produce a unique piece. Check out his website  http://www.lovewire.co.uk where he’s got some lovely examples of his work and details of courses. I’ve always liked… Read More

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I’ve made leaps and bounds in the old workshop over the last week, (what a mess it was after the move from Greenlands!) Before pic!   ……….and now the lovely weather is getting the creative juices flowing finally! I’m currently exploring two themes connected by colour and texture and will be showing this work at the Silverdale & Arnside Artist trail very soon. Check out the website for details. I will be… Read More