Part of our journey this year, was a trip to into the ancient landscape on the South Dorset Ridgeway, to celebrate the autumn solstice. This was a breathtaking installation by artists depicting the balance between the historic ceremonial significance of the land and its agricultural use today and in times gone past. It was a beautifully still night, with a haunting melody created by a band and some eery actors who inspired me further to dwell on the sense of movement I want to instil in my pots.
The stoneware glaze I made to echo the flames was moderately successful; I need to dip it for less time in future for more of the orange glints to show through.
Autumn is certainly here now, and our morning dog walks are often spent in a morning mist until we get to the top of the hill…
Then the other very exciting thing to happen is we have acquired Madge, a 29 year old T25 camper van – our first trip out with the greyhounds was extremely successful; a lunch stop in Totnes was followed by a blissfully tranquil stay in the South Hams region of Devon. I found some beautiful pots with spoons made by Cally Gooding on show at the Avon Mill Garden Centre (fantastic for breakfast if you are feeling ravenous.) They were remarkable to me for their outstanding glaze.
With my own work, I am going to focus on jugs tomorrow and try some printing with leaves to create some jewellery. I also need to do some earthenware glazing this evening….. The sense of movement in the landscape, be it a flock of birds rising into the air in the early morning, or the visible effects of a coastal wind on small trees continues to inspire my creative focus. The flames a few nights ago were another facet of this dynamism; this will be channelled into both my throwing and glazing in future. it is impossible to live in the countryside without being strongly affected by its beauty and power.