Behind the scenes in my studio for my next exhibition
February has been such a busy month. I've been working on several commissions and am excited to reveal that I'm going to showcase some new work that has been in production for several months!
Along with 14 other ceramic artists from the Midland Potters Association I am going to be exhibiting at the venue where they filmed the BBC's 'The Throw Down', in conjunction with the Barewall Gallery. It's at the Prince's Studios and gallery at Middleport Pottery, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, from 19th March to 24th March.
The nice thing is that this venue is also a visitor centre so you can learn all about the traditional blue and white Burleigh Ware produced at Middleport Pottery, and explore its history by viewing the historic mould collection and the Pottery’s huge bottle kiln, a reminder of the Stoke's great industrial heritage.
There will be meet the artist opportunities and a few hands-on demonstrations/workshops if you want to get your hands dirty. It's so nice to see a big revival in the interest in clay, especially after the airing of The Throw Down. And if you can't make the exhibition there are opportunities to buy on-line too. So no-one gets to miss out.
For those of you who are new to me. I host a hashtag on Instagram with Kate, from @aplayfulday and we encourage makers to post pictures of their work-in-progress, alongside seasonal flowers or plants as a way of pausing, reflecting and celebrating the making process.
For this exhibition I'm submitting a couple of pieces from my coastal collection as well as some new additions to this range. So my personal #wipsandblooms for the exhibition looks a bit like this... but I'm saving a few surprises for the exhibition itself (and am waiting on a future kiln firing too!)
I can't remember when I started becoming obsessed with succulents. Their cute little forms. Nature's perfect patterns. And, I have a special love for this variety, Echeveria.
So it seems right that this month's #stylingtheseasons is dedicated to these little green, silver, grey and purple plant buddies, and that they find a more permanent home than December's wreath project.
February for me is about welcoming those first signs of spring into the home. Outside there is delicate pink blossom on the trees and of course the spring bulbs are all in bloom now. So I've brought some of the outdoor flowering plants inside to accompany a terrarium which I bought myself with my Christmas money.