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News

I have been a member of the NPA, Northern Potters association, for 15+ years. I cannot praise them highly enough for the Newsletter, produced every two months, which has been a lifeline in earlier days. I have met a lot of good people and have found potters to be generous of spirit and willing to help if they can. I am a member of EVAN, (Eden Valley Artistic  Network) and exhibit in their gallery in Penrith (near the Town Hall). This has grown jnto a very happening organisation and I love exhibiting in the Gallery and sitting when on duty! The Gallery is normally open 10am until 4pm, closed Sunday and Monday. The Gallery is closed at the moment due to the current Coronavirus situation and there is a ‘virtual gallery’ with Members recent work at https://evanevents.co.uk  I have exhibited at Potfest for 3 years and will be exhibiting again in the late Autumn, 31st Oct - 2nd Nov. This is the date when Potfest is rescheduled for. Still many happy memories of nice people and times. Look forward to many more.

Students!

I have had some new students this year who are very busy creating challenging new work. Also friends made use of the facilities of the studio with some lovely work from the children. In the latter half of last year, I have welcomed some new students. Thank you to Susan and Fran with your inspirational designs - both subject and implementation. Also Barbara, Cath (and Dale) who braved the new techniques and have a developing style. Very lovely work. It is so nice to see students rise to the challenge and produce new and unique work. Brilliant! To increase picture size just click on it
© Catwalk Ceramics 2018

Greystoke Church 2019

We have enjoyed an Open Afternoon with tea and cakes in Greystoke Church, where I exhibitrd for the 6th year with fellow artists Christine Hurford, Janis Young, Sara Musgrave, Rachel Bradley and Daphne Honey. The afternoon was well attended and plenty of interest shown.

Celestial Beings?

This year’s exhibit is different in that it is not based around a poem.  In the last few years I have become increasingly interested in the shapes and forms of algae, microscopic plants. This is because my father was a Freshwater Biologist and I have been lucky enough to have access to the Fritsch Collection, in which every known species of algae in the world has either been drawn or photographed under the microscope.  This is sited at the Freshwater Biological Association at the Ferry House, Windermere.  The collection is now being digitised and will be available on line, sometime in the future, see leaflet.  (Please feel free to take one if you want). I have made the most of this opportunity and find myself ever more drawn to the shapes and patterns of these amazing plants and animals. For this year’s exhibit, I have chosen to do a display of some of the species of algae my father found in Africa when he was working on the big African Lakes, e.g. Victoria and Malawi. I hope to include a photo of him and my Mum when they were working there in the late sixties, when they were first married.  I am trying a new technique to display this, also now in the digital age, decals. A decal is an image of essentially ceramic ink that is fired onto a tile, like a transfer. There is a great precision in the drawings in the Fritsch Collection.  In my work I use scratched lines, using coloured slip (liquid clay) underneath.  This is called scrafitto and is a traditional slipware technique.  I use a variety of different colours underneath, with clear or honey glaze on top.  I continue to be amazed by the symmetry of the forms. I have discovered a new decorating tool, using the printer to enlarge images and then tracing the enlarged images and transferring to the tile. The swirling of the algal images around a ‘sun’, made me think of celestial beings.  Algae may have originally come from the ‘soup’ out in space, their delicate forms orbiting like moons. I left the brown and white tile unglazed as I liked the effect it gave of ancient paper (some drawings on this in the Fritsch Collection and also looks a bit like an old photo). If I had glazed it, it would have been transformed to shiny green! I preferred to stick with the former.  Also looks to me like asteroids or algae moving around in the primordial mud. The brightly coloured vessel holds my Dad’s favourite flower, a foxglove, picked from my garden where they have grown abundantly this year!
To download a copy just click on the flyer above and save it or print it.
Susan & Fran’s work
Web by Holford Web Design
Catwalk  Ceramics

News

I have been a member of the NPA, Northern Potters association, for 15+ years. I cannot praise them highly enough for the Newsletter, produced every two months, which has been a lifeline in earlier days. I have met a lot of good people and have found potters to be generous of spirit and willing to help if they can. I am a member of EVAN, (Eden Valley Artistic  Network) and exhibit in their gallery in Penrith (near the Town Hall). This has grown jnto a very happening organisation and I love exhibiting in the Gallery and sitting when on duty! The Gallery is normally open 10am until 4pm, closed Sunday and Monday. The Gallery is closed at the moment due to the current Coronavirus situation and there is a ‘virtual gallery’ with Members recent work at https://evanevents.co.uk  I have exhibited at Potfest for 3 years and will be exhibiting again in the late Autumn, 31st Oct - 2nd Nov. This is the date when Potfest is rescheduled for. Still many happy memories of nice people and times. Look forward to many more.

Students!

I have had some new students this year who are very busy creating challenging new work. Also friends made use of the facilities of the studio with some lovely work from the children. In the latter half of last year, I have welcomed some new students. Thank you to Susan and Fran with your inspirational designs - both subject and implementation. Also Barbara, Cath (and Dale) who braved the new techniques and have a developing style. Very lovely work. It is so nice to see students rise to the challenge and produce new and unique work. Brilliant! To increase picture size just click on it
© Catwalk Ceramics 2018

Greystoke Church 2019

We have enjoyed an Open Afternoon with tea and cakes in Greystoke Church, where I exhibited for the 6th year with fellow artists Christine Hurford, Janis Young, Sara Musgrave, Rachel Bradley and Daphne Honey. The afternoon was well attended and plenty of interest shown.

Celestial Beings?

This year’s exhibit is different in that it is not based around a poem.  In the last few years I have become increasingly interested in the shapes and forms of algae, microscopic plants. This is because my father was a Freshwater Biologist and I have been lucky enough to have access to the Fritsch Collection, in which every known species of algae in the world has either been drawn or photographed under the microscope.  This is sited at the Freshwater Biological Association at the Ferry House, Windermere.  The collection is now being digitised and will be available on line, sometime in the future, see leaflet.  (Please feel free to take one if you want). I have made the most of this opportunity and find myself ever more drawn to the shapes and patterns of these amazing plants and animals. For this year’s exhibit, I have chosen to do a display of some of the species of algae my father found in Africa when he was working on the big African Lakes, e.g. Victoria and Malawi. I hope to include a photo of him and my Mum when they were working there in the late sixties, when they were first married.  I am trying a new technique to display this, also now in the digital age, decals. A decal is an image of essentially ceramic ink that is fired onto a tile, like a transfer. There is a great precision in the drawings in the Fritsch Collection.  In my work I use scratched lines, using coloured slip (liquid clay) underneath.  This is called scrafitto and is a traditional slipware technique.  I use a variety of different colours underneath, with clear or honey glaze on top.  I continue to be amazed by the symmetry of the forms. I have discovered a new decorating tool, using the printer to enlarge images and then tracing the enlarged images and transferring to the tile. The swirling of the algal images around a ‘sun’, made me think of celestial beings.  Algae may have originally come from the ‘soup’ out in space, their delicate forms orbiting like moons. I left the brown and white tile unglazed as I liked the effect it gave of ancient paper (some drawings on this in the Fritsch Collection and also looks a bit like an old photo). If I had glazed it, it would have been transformed to shiny green! I preferred to stick with the former.  Also looks to me like asteroids or algae moving around in the primordial mud. The brightly coloured vessel holds my Dad’s favourite flower, a foxglove, picked from my garden where they have grown abundantly this year!
To download a copy just click on the flyer above and save it or print it.
Susan & Fran’s work
Web by Holford Web Design