Anyone who follows my work already knows that I have a particular fascination with the shore-line, rugged rocks, the energy of the waves, and that it is a big inspiration in my work. More details can be found here in an earlier blog.
Last month I spent an incredible sun filled (kid-free) weekend celebrating a special birthday with my partner near Mawgan Porth, in Cornwall. It is so easy to see why so many people and artists fall in love with this special place.
Considering it was early March we were so spoilt with the weather with such beautiful blue skies. We enjoyed many coastal walks and soaked up stunning views, breathing in the fresh salty air.
It was great to be able to photograph my work in-situ on the Mawgan Porth beach.
I wanted to keep all those memories together to refer back to as a future source of inspiration. Part of our walk was to Bedruthan Steps, with its stunning sea stacks and beautiful rock formations. The National Trust has re-built the steps down to the beach, which is so worth an explore.
And after our walk we were able to take a breather at the National Trust café, housed in one of the original tin mining buildings. I just love the bright blue tones in this building.
I love revisiting all the photos which capture perfect little details from the weekend.
I will leave you with the view that greeted us upon our arrival - so breathtaking...
Ohh, just one final post-script... I found out yesterday that my porcelain 'sea-foam' bowl, pictured on the beach above, has been selected by the RBSA to be included in their Prize exhibition, taking place on the 7 May-13 June, which I feel very honoured about.
Hope you liked my pictures and have a great weekend.
At the beginning of the year I made a little deal with myself to try some new creative projects this year.
I wanted to do this for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because my obsession with clay means it is no longer a hobby, and we all need to do something for the pure fun of it. Secondly, I think its really important to challenge yourself, when you are a creative, to try new things as it gives you a new perspective on your current work.
So, I'm a little slow in catching on to the crochet trend. It's something I've wanted to do for a while, but never quite managed to fit in before. Luckily for me, I live very near to an amazing Haberdashery's in Moseley, Birmingham called Guthrie and Ghani, which offers a variety of courses in sewing, knitting, crochet and home improvements, as well as a selection of beautiful fabrics, yarns and sewing accessories. They also have a fabulous selection on-line if you don't live local. Anyone who has ever watched the Sewing Bee will know that this shop belongs to the programme's 2013 finalist Lauren Guthrie.
I had to go on a waiting list for a daytime slot, but jumped at the chance to finally get my yarn on a hook.
It is such an amazing shop, a real Alladin's cave for a crafters and sewing enthusiasts. I had to be really very restrained and focussed on getting the workshop done, and taking a few photos of course! :)
The upstairs is a beautiful light-filled studio where we learnt to crochet under the expertise of the very patient tutor, Vicki Walker.
I loved seeing all the wool wrapped up into these pretty balls.
The morning flew by and by the end of the session we had been shown a variety of stitches. Here's a pic I took a home of what I had accomplished...
Am I hooked? I loved the repetition, and I have an idea of how to link it to my ceramics. So watch this space for experiments.
I think I will be returning to Guthri and Ghani to help me with some DIYs around the house. Although I know how to sew, I lack the confidence to start projects on my own and definitely need some new cushions. You can't have too many cushions now can you?
My next new project is going to be jewellery making at the Mac. It's something I've dabbled in in the past, but want to make my porcelain jewellery projects even more professional.
Are you making anything new? Would love to hear what you get up to.