Studio or Cornwall? Cornwall or Studio? Well it was a bit of a no-brainer really. I have a mass of work to do following the Open Studios, commissions, ideas, gallery approaches. All very exciting really but it is going to be HOT this weekend and my studio will be like an oven. So early on Friday morning, before the rest of London was away I high tailed it down to the South-West and beat the crowds. The sun was shining when I arrived, the sea was blue and all of a sudden I felt like a different person.
The truth is that I have been feeling a bit burnt recently: Pop up shops; Open Studios; teaching; it all takes its toll if I am honest. So I am planning to do very little for a week. Feet up, tiller in hand, bobbing about in the oggin in my darling boat. Then back to work refreshed and raring to go.
Not only that but it is Open Studios in Cornwall this week so I can call this a bit of a busman’s holiday and go wandering around the lanes and byways in search of other ceramicists who are already based in Cornwall. I am looking forward to having a bit of a snoop if I’m honest. My studio is currently only on paper so I could do with picking a few brains about layout, equipment, lessons learned before the diggers move in to clear the area. Cornwall’s Open Studios is great for that because, unlike in Wimbledon, here the studios are spread all over the county and you get to visit some fabulous spaces. I don’t imagine that I will get round all 259 artists but I certainly want to seek out a few who work not too far away.
In the meantime, there seems to be a bit more jungle clearance to do at our new abode before the builders can find the house so I don’t think I am going to do too much putting my feet up but I am planning on returning to London refreshed and raring to go . . . . . .