What I like about writing this blog is it really makes me focus on the here and now in terms of seasonanility. As each new blooms appear there is something to celebrate and cheer - the first bluebells, the first signs of lilac, the white frothy cow parsley. All of these are relatively short-lived which is the all the more reason to feature them in my photos.
As you know our IG challenge is to to focus on our work-in-progress. I have an on-going goal that 'one day I'm going to be good at throwing in porcelain' (which is more difficult than normal clay believe me!)- its not a very smart goal I admit, so it was really nice the other day to realise... actually I've made some improvements. I can give myself a pat on the back for the hard work that I've put in. Of course, I'm not going to rest on my laurels either as now I'm getting excited to think about what other new shapes I can play with.
And the other thing I realised is that all the hard work and testing that I have put in behind the scenes on developing glaze colours has really started to pay off. There is so much fun to be had with different glaze combinations - I feel like the girl in the sweet shop with a range of vanilla, raspberry, mint, bubblegum, pistachio, lavender and liquorice. Purist potters won't like these descriptions since there are lot of chemicals that go into glazes, but there's not denying their visual edible appeal.
And in April, more so than in other months, I feel I have been particularly spoilt with people sharing images of my handmade vessels, which I feel especially grateful for. So thank-you if you are reading this and are one of those people.
I'm excited to be announcing May's sponsor as Folksy, the on-line market place for modern British Craft, who are providing the lovely apron pictured below, a ruler and a Folksy Plus Account, which means free unlimited listings for a year. Such a shame I can't take part!
I was fortunate to meet Camilla Westergaard, Content Editor at Folksy, last year and not only is she a genuine, creative soul she will also be our guest judge for next month too.
For people who haven't heard of Folksy what's it all about?
Last month's guest judge was Dorte. Here are Dorte's favourite four and the winner, is Kate from @posyandpetal who will be receiving a beautiful bundle of goodies from www.lewesmapstore.co.uk/. Thanks again Dorte for your generous prizes.
If you haven't joined in already I hope you might be inspired to do so....
I've also listed a couple of the items from my process shots above in my folksy shop.
How do I take part?
Hi! I'm a ceramicist, based in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Combining beauty and function my porcelain vessels are everyday objects you'll want to treasure. My work is slip-cast and wheel-thrown.