I haven't been on here for ages - life's really busy at the moment with lots going on.
Hil and the boys are back at school for the new term and I'm right back into potting again. It's been a long time since I made anything. Jess was with me today, everything is starting to settle back into routine.
I feel a lot better for a break and the opportunity to recharge. It's been good to step away from my work for a while, now I can get back to it reinvigorated and inspired - I hate to be just going through the motions - I need to feel excited about making stuff, or I wind up feeling dissatisfied with what I've made.
It's been a great break, in spite of the English climate - thanks to all who helped to make it such a good summer.
I got my car back all mended on Monday, hurrah, a big thank you Jeff for coming to the rescue once again. It's fab to have it back and running sweet as a nut, I like my little car a lot.
The last few days Different Dave has been sorting out my floor in the sheds. There's a lot of water running underneath the building as it's built on sloping ground, so considerable digging was required to run a drain, out into a soak-away. It's going to make such a difference to the way my workshop will operate when this ramshackle building project is finished. It won't be too long now.
Dave's done an amazing job, it looks like this now, all ready for concreting - hopefully at the end of this week. I can't wait to turn the disruption and chaos, into well organised and useful space.
I've been working late, frantically making pots for a show I have with Blogger Paul for Somerset Art Week(full details to follow, but click Paul's link to find out more).
I also have a show that opens next month at the Rostra and Rooksmoor Gallery in Bath, so I'm making stuff for that too. I always work best under pressure.
I'm enjoying making these big jugs at the moment, with the clay grogged right up with coarse brick clay.
I love the texture that occurs when the clay is stretched on bellied forms such as these.
So all's good and happy in my world at the moment - I had a bit of seasonally related 'funny head' time, but I'm over that now and feel good, but tired.
My only frustration is that this computer is so slow now that it's driving me crazy - it's a case of type, then wait for the text to catch up on the screen, so please excuse me for being elusive in the virtual world, I need to get it sorted.
Well I'm, exhausted so I need to sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep right now, goodnight everybody and a happy Wednesday to you all.