Monday, August 6

Cakes at The Potters House.

This is just a taster of the workshop that was held here on Saturday by our daughter.
No doubt Neviepiecakes will have a super post on all of this soon.
But in the mean time I just want to show some of the things that happened...and admit that I felt quite emotional as she taught these thirteen women to paint on cakes.


Natasha on the left discussing painting technique.


We used to say to our two children as they were growing up..."don't go into teaching!"
It was a reaction to the tiredness that we felt and the sense of suffocation in the teaching world in the 80s...at least that's how we felt and why we got out, to set up The Potters House here in Penketh.
But both have in their own way gone into ..if not teaching...then passing on information of their skills, to others.

 As usual all three of the studios were used.



Your's truly provided food and sustenance. Lots of drinks to keep the inspiration flowing...
and a spot of lunch to rest the weary brains!


And the potter didn't waste any opportunities to talk clay......


Happy days!!

18 comments:

  1. Painting cakes? I'm not sure I could keep one long enough to paint it. :)

    A few years ago I did a Forestry NVQ as I had a great plan to set up as a charcoal burner. I should have spotted the snag: many of my teachers were pursuing their own self-employed forest based projects but were often heavily reliant on the well paid teaching work they could get, teaching others to do what they wanted to do. I think it is very much the case in many areas that teaching whatever it is can be an easier job to sustain than actually doing it. There is a good side to it, I suppose, in that it suggests that lots of people would like to do things for themselves.

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    1. sadly Dominic...these cakes are dummies!! painted on icing on cardboard!... but I love your enthusiasm for life! once when Alan was studying with one of the Leach family...he was told that it would be impossible for him to give up teaching...so we proved him wrong! but you are right in that we do "facilitate" at the studios! make of that what you will. thankyou.

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  2. That sort of life beats teaching any day Gerry - I do agree. When I look back on how draining it was and then look at your lovely photos - I agree with what you have said to your daughters!

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    1. Pat...it was a big step to take...but I'm always glad we gave it a go....albeit that the money was cut in third! it's amazing what you don't really need!

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  3. I only ever taught in private schools where work never finished 'when the bell sounded'. There were sports to be refereed, prep' to be watched-over, and activities to be organised every weekend. I often worked an 18 hour day. Am I sorry I stopped..... guess!

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    1. I think that like us you made the right move...especially when I see your great posts and watch the year go by at your french home!

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    1. thankyou Madeleine ...it was fun!

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  5. Lovely post. I went the other way. Went into teaching to paint in my spare time. Of course, there wasn't any, but by then the kids had won me over.

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  6. I understand that thought as we went into teaching ourselves because we wanted to encourage children, but when Alan was head of art at a very big comp. the joy went out of it due to the number of numbing meetings and written reports and the pupils were a definite second to all of that. That was the 8os...it may have improved now...My grandgirls seem to be enjoying it!...and we still do many workshops for the local schools which I really love.

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  7. What a special idea, Gerry. You can't eat the cakes can you? But it would be good for me just to look at them and enjoy their pretty looks instead!! You are such creative people. It must be great and much fun to be in your company.

    Grethe ´)

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    1. thankyou Grethe...yes...false cakes I'm afraid...though if you look on her site you'll see what amazing ones she sells.

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  8. Teaching is the most underrated of professions. Had it not been for teachers i myself would never have lived in St, Petersburg or Moscow when Napoleon tried to run over Russia or been to London at my friend Charles's who showed me so much of the countryside.

    I had more than a couple rotten teachers fraught with fury or will who could not communicate with me but then them that did get through dull ears and thick skulls now rest and know their did their job and did it well.

    Mayhaps there be any cake left?

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  9. yes education can be good or bad!! anyway the painting was done on cardboard shapes....but I have some fine chocolate chilli cake in a tin here if you like!!!

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  10. Thanks Gerry. The tile has arrived intact and I love it. It is now waiting for the farmer to attach it to the wall behind the Aga.

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    1. Oh good Pat...I always worry a bit over the post in case they throw it around!!!

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  11. I was at the cake painting class,and loved it, you made us all so welcome, and looked after us so well. I'm hoping that Natasha will do the ruffle cake class at Potters house sometime too. Loved your artwork.
    P.S. hope you don't get this message twice, had small prob posting.
    Sharon x

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    1. thankyou sharon for the comment...I'm glad that you had a good time we had fun too.

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