Did you miss me?

It seems that you did – I have had the most activity on my website this week that I have had for many months.  Were you all hanging on to know what has been going on?

The truth is that I have been hard at it all week trying to get work ready for Kew Gardens.  I want to have a really good body of work and, whilst it was all under construction before my trip to Canada, the finishing is a lengthy process.  I have no images of work yet because I didn’t want to do snap shots and it has been more important to get the work ready.

I am particularly looking forward to responses to my ‘piece de resistance’ though: the Beverly Brook vessel.  Beverley Brook runs through Richmond Park, one of my favorite places on earth.  My Dad calls it his third lung!   Poets Corner, within the gardens of Pembroke Lodge was restored partly with money collected in memory of my mum.  I grew up ‘in the park’: on long walks in the company of a procession of family dogs; horse riding; pond dipping; making dens; climbing trees; yes, OK, I was always a bit of a tom-boy.

So I gives me a huge sense of excitement to be able to make with material from the park which was give to me, by permission of the management, when they were restoring the brook.  It is my plan to have one large piece for sale at Kew and I have agreed with the Park that 50% of the proceeds of the sale will go to the  Friends of Richmond Park for use on a project of their choosing.

beverleybrookwinter1
Beverley Brook in Winter. 

http://www.richmondparklondon.co.uk/walks/beverleybrookwalk.html

Update.

Over the past few months I have waffled on a bit about a number of different sources from which I have received material to include in my vessels.  This week, I have decided to give you all a rest from waffle and simply update you.

Memories are Made of This. was a blog about the place where we grew up.

IMG_9097b
The first East Sheen vessel.

The material was given to me by the gas men working in the road outside our family home.  I have begun using it and the results so far are great.  I have only made small so far but will be going large any time soon hopefully in time for Handmade in Kew

 

Meanwhile, given that I cannot stick to anything for too long I decided that for the material brought to me from Ashtead Clay pit A Man Walks into a Studio and . . . I decided that I would change the design a bit and go all cylindrical.  The finished pieces are great and I think there will be more of these too before I arrive in Kew Gardens.

IMG_9095b
Ashtead Cylinders.

 

 

So that’s it for a bit, folks. Next Sunday I leap on a plane and fly west for a few weeks.  Vancouver, look out, I am on my way!  I will blog again in October.  Hope you can bear to get by without me.