As winter sets in I am finishing off any ceramic work and starting to form ideas for painting. I have a commission for an atmospheric lakeland scene possibly including a lightning storm. Also paintings for a joint Exhibition with Ben Haslam at Crook Hall Durham starting in January titled 'Wild Weather North'. Up Front Gallery near Hutton in the Forrest has taken in three oil paintings for their Christmas show.
I am in the middle of a set of Christmas fairs which are hard work but good fun. They give me the opportunity to discuss my work with an appreciative audience.
I still have one more Raku firing to do before the weather changes. My hand made pots and torso's suit the newly developed copper based glaze, yeilding some fabulous results.
New Ceramics page on my web site
I have set up a new web page for my ceramic work.
I have a range of coil built seascape pots. The glaze colour has evolved from my seascape paintings. Raw clay has the colour of dry sand with a toasted warm edge mimiking wet sand at the waters edge, white through blue green splashed glaze suggesting the movement and depth of sea water. Figures on the lids have narrratives relating to myths and fairytales.
Included on the ceramic page is a selection of porcelain crystal fired baubles. It took me most of last summer to perfect the delicate shapes and fabulous crystal effects.
Also in the ceramics category are 'Table Platters' chunky strong stoneware fired pieces raised on feet with cork protection spots to protect polished surfaces. Suited to display fruit or candles on and I'm sure you will think of some other uses. Or just beautifuI on their own.
Stuart Broadhurst who I met while exhibiting at Potfest in August asked me to supply some ceramics to his wonderfull gallery in Askham, near Penrith Cumbria.