August 7, 2016

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When I consider everything that grows holds in perfection but a little moment.

August 18, 2016

This beginning of Shakespeare's sonnet 15 seems so relevant now - my sunflowers are hanging their heads and our clematis has given into wilt, but August continues to amaze - we have had a taste of autumn at the weekend, and are now back to balmy days of luxuriant heat.  I do think the next lines of the sonnet put everything into perspective - 'That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows / Whereon the stars in secret influence comment



Our pottery is a more enduring show I hope and one that I need to do everyday - it has become a psychological need or compulsion which I think is  strong creative urge.



I have been mixing glazes this week with more success now we have a hydrometer.  I have an interesting slate grey, a sunshine yellow ( which I suspect I like more than anyone else) a green the colour of the fields I walk in every morning and  a cream which is beautiful in its neutrality and simplicity. I may add a red to this as I had a little visitor today who made a coiled pot ( she is 5) and I think I need to add something a little more exciting to this collection, for when she glazes it!


It was great to visit Bridport Open studios on Monday to see work by Kit Glaisyer who creates panoramic oil paintings of the West Dorset countryside; it was illuminating to speak with him about his approach to creativity and the balance between earning a living and maintaining a forward momentum for your inner imagination.



I also saw work by Caroline Ireland , which inspired me with the use of colour and movement overwhelming the viewer in a breathtaking way.



The vibrancy of this image is fantastic - also the lines and subject matter are quite soul uplifting and will definitely influence the addition of texture to my pots.



The solidity and delightful contours of these paintings by David Brooke also stole my heart.


Having been so busy doing holiday things, I have not had as much time to throw as i had hoped, but am intending to glaze some pots with lids, make some more bowls to refine the shape I am achieving and embark on some larger jugs... I just need more time in the day!


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