Saturday, February 2

...new pots in the studio!


...did you hear about the man who walked the beach at west end Morecambe and found some whale vomit?
They call it "Ambergris"...and the perfumers of Paris use in in their wares!!

Well we walked the same beach this week, our local beach......I have to say, not knowing at that point about the "Ambergris" and found this!!


The "Ambergris"...is said to be worth up to £100.000 ....
...what the!!!

This driftwood is to become the potter's next conceptual piece...with figures all along it...
...will let you see it when it's finished.

Some more stuff out of the kiln today made by a couple of people in the classes....both very talented...


 
Marcia's pot with dragonfly and irises... 

 ...and a close up of the glaze...


...this head of the cockerel by P.W. with a really strong finish...red glaze is hard to use ...



I noticed this on the bench...an order for one of the potter's harvest pots...
...the fields ready for gathering...

Friday, February 1

A poem for Thursday...Buying jewellry on the Goan beaches...





Life on the Beach

I saw the woman
from Orissa with
clips in her black hair
and many ringing
ornaments. Silver a plenty
 through her nose and
a mark of faith between her
 eyes. I bought the
neck piece from her there
as she with shrug
of shoulders told me
of it's age and where
the art had started out

Now oil and gas have
driven her to this warm
Indian riviera beach
to sell the culture
of her tribe in far-off
 Rajasthan.


Times Business pages..."Vedanta thrives in India despite a rocky ride"...
The  Dongria Kondha tribe protest against open-cast mining in the Niyamgiri Hills...eastern India.



Tuesday, January 29

"Lady Heyes"

We went off on a spin yesterday afternoon....
....the we here being Christine McC. and myself.
Across the Manchester ship canal and off up into the Cheshire hills behind the little town of Frodsham....
First stop, after depositing the car in the car park.......Christine's car....thankyou!!
..is usually a cup of coffee and some cream cake.
Then we are fit and ready to do the serious business of  looking, necessary for ...

The Lady Heyes  Antique and Collectable Centre...

If you are in any way interested in "stuff".... this is the place for you!
Did I mention that I very grandly offered to buy the coffee and cake?...
...well I'd left my purse at home in the kitchen !....tut tut...


...baubles bangles and beads...


...buttons in a button box...



 ...lovingly crocheted rugs for ancient knees...



 ...never be without a good butter knife...



 ...lace and furbelows...( don't really know what furbelows are ...anyone out there help?)



 ...no place can call itself furnished without Donald Duck...



 ...books books books...and look at those super titles ...and didn't they do a good job with the book covers in those days...I love them...I buy just for the front illustration...



 ...tins and things...



 ...tartan rugs and silk throws...



 ...I get lost in the maze of rooms...


 ...we had one of these in the garage when I was a kid and I loved rummaging in it to find old paintings and documents...obviously not important or they wouldn't have been in the garage!

....but the piece de resistance for me, was this wonderful old photo of a huntsman...
...I asked for permission to take a pic of it...the absolute essence of a portrait...I think.







...home again with Christine at the wheel....what fun!


...don't you just love good friends!

Sunday, January 27


Look...I caught some sunbeams.in the camera....!



Walking today in Tatton Park, Cheshire....
...snow melted... sun shining and lots of people getting out of doors...
... to lose their  "cabin fever"  of  recent weeks.


...it's an upside down world in the melted snow...
 



...more sunbeams just caught as they tried to fly away...!
 




(a bit fanciful today folks.......)

...stopped off at The Kilton on the way home...
...for chips!!
...keep things in perspective please Gerry....