Hello everybody, yes, yes, I've been a bad blogger, sorry. Things have been so busy lately and I've been working long, long hours, making a bunch of new pots for an exhibition in Bath, that I'm delivering tomorrow to the Rostra and Rooksmoor Gallery. The pots include a massive harvest jug that I've been sgrafitto decorating until the wee small hours, night after night. It's come out a treat though, so it's been worth the effort.
My computer's been playing up too(blog writing takes forever) and I've had email troubles - the stupid machine won't let me send replies, so please forgive me if you're waiting to hear from me. I'm not very good with computer stuff, but I've been trying to uninstall some of the many redundant programmes that the boys have put on here and since abandoned now that they have their own laptops. Hopefully it'll work better for me and I can start to catch up with things a bit.
Here are a few snapshots of what's been happening.
Last weekend Hil and I went to the opening of the Somerset Arts Week show at Blogger Paul's that I spoke of in my previous post. It was a really good, well supported event and Paul and Marion were great hosts. The red wine flowed and I felt just a little bit rough the next day that's for sure.
The show continues for another week - great to hear that Johnny Leach has been in to see it.
I forgot to take my camera, but there are some good pictures of the evening right here.
This picture is for Dave and Sue. They're ready whenever you can get here for them - it's cat crazy here at the moment.
We've had amazing weather for the last ten days or so, beautiful sunshine ripening the apples in the orchards and the berries in the hedgerows.
I love shiny conkers when the shells are freshly opened.
It's been a great year for sloes - there were hardly any last year. Not that I care, I don't like 'em!
The orchards smell incredible and are alive with the sound of drunken wasps and flies, feasting on the decaying fruit in the autumn sunshine.
The decoration on the big jug in this picture was inspired by the brambles in the hedgerow. The peculiar spouted vessel is an interpretation of a medieval pot in the York Museum.
These baluster jugs range from approx 20" down to 12".
Here they are slipped.
My friend and photographer Johnny came over during the week to document the pots that I'm taking to the show tomorrow. I've got the images on a disc, but I can't open it - I'll try again tomorrow night.
Lots of orders to make this week, including plates and a sgrafitto harvest jug with a maritime scene derived from the paintings of Alfred Wallace, which will be an interesting challenge.
Well I must pack these pots away in readiness for tomorrow's journey, they're are currently strewn across my living room floor which is also overrun with crazy kittens - dangerous.
Happy Monday everybody.