Well you would if you could!

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.

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The sun was shining, the sea was blue

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.

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Doctor Livingston?

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 . . . . . .

 

 

Will You Still Love Me?

There is a move afoot to go and live in Cornwall properly this summer.  I am extremely excited about this – I have handed in my notice for my teaching post and, whist I will miss the lovely children that I teach 3 days per week, I am very excited about the future . . . . .

Well, I think I am!  I love Cornwall.  It is, to all intents and purposes, my home anyway and the Roseland Peninsular is calling me in no uncertain terms.

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The Roseland Peninsular is calling me.

But, and it is a very big but, what will happen to my ceramics?

 

Eventually I will have a studio in St Mawes.  I have the planning permission for it, it will be easy to reach whenever I want to pop in for a few hours or just for 10 minutes to check on the kiln, I wont have to drive through the London traffic taking up to an hour to go about 6 miles, I can sip my coffee gazing at the weather coming in over the Lizard.  What’s not to like?

Absolutely nothing!  Except, it is a risk isn’t it – this jumping off the rat race.  Wimbledon offers me so much.  It may cost a bit but it gives me easy access to a fabulous customer base without whom I would have stopped playing with clay long ago.  The twice yearly Open Studios, the next one of which is coming up in May, regularly sees 4-5 thousand people come through the doors.  The feedback which they provide on the work they see in your studio is invaluable and the purchases that they make are extremely affirming of the effort which one puts in for the rest of the year.  In addition,  when the feeling leaves me and I don’t know what to do, there is always the kettle.

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Wimbledon Artists Studios gives me so much of what I need as an artist.

You can usually find someone to bounce and idea off, share a moment of frustration with or simply ask how they are doing.  Then off you go, back to work feeling a release from the doubt or what ever was bugging you.  In addition to that, the is Klay.  Our new baby is growing fast.

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Klay is doing so well.
It has done so well in the short time that it has been in operation that the 12 of us had a long and deep discussion this week about what happens when we get to the end of our three months popping up in Camden.  I want to be a part of this project.  I believe that it has a great deal of mileage and, judging by the response that we are getting from our customers and also from Camden itself (whose generosity allowed us to get up and popping in the first place), I am not alone in this belief.

 

It seems to me that I ma going to need to find some way of having it all!