Monday, 21 November 2011

The show

I just had a wonderful weekend in chilly Nottinghamshire.
The opening was a great success. Here is an old friend of mine, Strav, who came along. We studied together on an Art Foundation course twenty seven years ago, before going off on our separate paths - we hadn't seen each other since. It was lovely to meet up again, we'll stay in touch now via the wonderful world of Facebook.
Here are some pictures of the show. Thank you to Jon and James who took these pictures, I didn't get a chance to take any, so it's great to have them.

It was a brilliant day. Hil and I arrived at the gallery after an early start and a five hour drive, to see what a fabulous job David and Steve had made of arranging the pots, it was quite overwealming. Throughout the day, David, his wife Ausma and Steve were fantastic, rearranging the display as pots were purchased and wrapped, so that the show looked fresh the whole day long. I felt really well looked after.
And a lot of pots went to new homes too, which was way beyond my expectations. It was such a great day, chatting with so many lovely people.

I'm excited about these pressed dishes - I want to develop them in the forthcoming weeks.
I want to make more bowls and thrown dishes too - I'm always short of flatware, it's not something I've invested enough time in
A big thank you to everybody who came and to all the people who bought my pots. There have been some very kind comments made about the work, which is a huge confidence booster and will help me to take things to the next stage.

We stayed with some friends in a beautiful, ancient house, dating back to the 1600's, full of wonderful pots. After a lovely meal, we headed out to Geoff and Pat Fuller's pub which is situated nearby.

It's a sweet little pub - no TV and a ban on mobile phones - how refreshing that is. And of course there was plenty Geoff and Pat's splendid pottery to look at, particularly the kitchen.

On Sunday we headed back home, Hil at the wheel and me with the inevitable migraine in the passenger seat. I was exhausted. It's been a very hard few months, but it's been so worth it.

Today I had a much calmer day, thinking a lot, while tidying up the workshop garden which has been badly neglected this year. I'm preparing myself ready to make the next pots. I'm very excited about them, greatly encouraged by the weekend's events - I feel I know where I'm going at last.

Well that's all for now. Back soon with muddy wet pots to show you, bye for now.


Tracey Broome said...

Was there any doubt you would be a great success! And I see my teapot there :)

ang design said...

Ab Fab chap, take care of ya head and a big shout out to mr cardew for making a gorgeous drop mold for ya :)) thats my fav dish with the black slip!!!

Anna M. Branner said...

Well done! Not surprised. ;)

Anonymous said...

Well done! Looks amazing! Love everything you do, looking forward to seeing more flatware!

Hope you have some time out for a well earned rest.

doug Fitch said...

Thank you all, I'll post some ore pictures and maybe a video soon :)

Anonymous said...

"We stayed with some friends in a beautiful, ancient house, dating back to the 1600's, full of wonderful pots."

Let me guess....John W....!
Is the woodland teapot still there or did it go early on? If not, £?

John B

Quietly Otaku said...

Looks like a great exhibition! Quite an achievement to have made quite that many pieces and all of them looking so good! : )