This is the first of hopefully many wobbly bright pots I will be making at my weekly pottery workshops. Not quite as perfect as the ones they were modelled on, but I really love the yellow, glaze. My arms were like jelly after throwing my first pots last week, will take photos on Tues and upload. It was much harder than I thought it would be, but very enjoyable, can't wait to glaze them on Tuesday and turn them into my own style!
Spent a lovely couple of days with my sister in her lovely pad in east London Shorditch. Every time I go to stay, I have to pop into my favourite shop Shelf. You can't miss it, its bright orange just up the road on Cheshire Street, just off Brick Lane. I was sad to discover that there selling up and going on line, will miss browsing, but sure their pop up stalls and online shop will be a success! Above are a couple of things I just couldn't resist!
Stuck for pressie ideas, you won't for long! Shelf
On a very cold Saturday my sister, mum and dad and myself decided to wake up early and go to Shepton Mallet for their monthly Antique and Collectors fair. I had heard on the grape vine that its a taste of France during a bitter British winter and I wasn't disappointed. My photos do not do the fair justice, but It's a magpies' dream. The court yard was surrounded by small white tents, or temptingly filled to the brim with french furniture and material. Apparently the flea market is better, but I managed to find a few bargains; my french Jam jars make perfect chunky tea lights and I can't wait to make a chunky scarf from my french pure wool, Whilst drinking tea from my new TG green mug! If your going during the winter wrap up warm it was Freezing! More info on dates can be found on the IACF.
The next Giant Flea Market is on the 27th of Feb at the Bath & West Showground
I have been knitting my blanket on and off for a year and I've yet to finish it! I went to the market today to buy new wool to inspire me to get those needles clacking again. Fingers crossed you will see it complete very soon, 3 1/2 more rows to go!
Tomorrow I am starting a pottery course, it has been on my wish list for ages, I've found a working pottery right near where i work in Dorset that holds evening sessions during the week. It's all very informal and no strict teaching schedule which is just the way I like to learn, through experimenting with own projects and making mistakes. I love Cornish pottery and have a growing collection, but I think I would like to keep things simple, plain white stoneware, with colour glaze inside. I found the following inspiration from the following ceramic artists, I hope you like them as much as I do;
If you live in england you will understand what a wet miserable week it has been, but this weekend has been beautifully sunny, walking on the beach I could see rosy cheeks and red button noses, the shrieks of the sea gulls mixing with squeals of delight! The promise of spring is in the air on these kind of days and I love it!
Today is the last day of Christmas, driving into work this morning I past many sad Xmas trees abandoned on the driveways still glistening with the odd bit of tinsel and forgotten ball balls! I will miss staring at our xmas tree whilst eating home made mince pies and so will the piggie(our Dachshund)