Here's a more cheerful post. Reg Lloyd's remarkable collection of slipware has just been bought with Lottery money for the Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford. It's a huge collection with some very important and rare examples of North Devon slipware of the type that has been a huge influence on my work. You can read all about it here on the BBC site. I met Reg Lloyd a few years ago when I wasn't making pots and he invited me to see the pots and foolishly, much to my regret, I didn't take up the invitation. The collection was sold a few years ago to a chap I know who borrowed the money to buy it in order to avoid the collection from being split up and they were subsequently put into storage. The pots have now been purchased for £300 000. I'm pleased that I'll get the chance to see them now at a time when it's more important to me than ever. Reg Lloyd is a very well renowned painter and illustrated a number of Ted Hughes' books. It's with Reg that I'm exhibiting at the Harlequin Gallery in April.