Well here we are nearly 18 months after the beginning of Covid lockdown and all the changes that life has presented over that time…….
Like most of you I have found it difficult but I am very lucky that my “go to place” when life gets tough is my pottery, where I can escape what’s going on and become absorbed in a new ceramic creation! Over the Winter I have focused on making new designs in both my garden and homeware ranges. I’ve expanded my Monochrome Home range, and it is being well received which is lovely.
This Summer ( unlike last), it is so lovely though to be back out there meeting you at events. I have chosen outdoor venues wherever possible, so that we all feel safe! So far these shows have been blessed with good weather. I am enjoying my Sundays at Holt Sunday market in North Norfolk, and it is lovely to receive your complimentary comments about my work. If you live, or are taking a holiday in North Norfolk and haven’t visited yet do take a trip there. There’s a lovely selection of genuinely handcrafted goods, food stalls and music too…a great vibe!
The dates I am attending are listed on my events page…..I am there another four or five times.
In between time in my studio, I am also tending my garden here. Everything seems very lush and green as we have had plenty of rain. It’s a shame that flowers are not as successful as usual but I reckon that’s due to the low light levels earlier in June. I grew quite a lot of annuals from seed in my new little glasshouse, but I’m afraid the slugs had a good feast in the Spring on many young plants and they are not the show that I had hoped for!! Hey! as we gardeners always say though……” there’s always next year!” 🙂
My next focus is to concentrate more on my garden range ready for Holkham Hall Plant Fair in September. This is a key event every year in my diary.( Dates/times can be found on the events page). I love chatting to the serious gardeners amongst you who come along to find unusual plants and accessories for your outdoor spaces.
The range of birdbaths that I made for the first time this Winter were all sold at my exhibition at West Acre gallery in June. I will be making some more ready for this show, and I intend to incorporate new surface textures. They are very time consuming as each one uses about 12 to 14 kg of clay and I have to be feeling physically strong so they make a good challenge at lots of levels!
I look forward to seeing you soon, but don’t forget you can always visit my studio by appointment, or chose products from the website shop if you prefer.
Enjoy the Summer!