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View from Kinderscout

View from Kinderscout

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Looking for inspiration can sometimes be a chilly pastime.A weekend of camping and walks in the surrounding countryside really connects you with nature.This is something I find truly inspirational, even if it was a mite cold in this case.Time to return to my nice warm studio and get creative.  ...
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Mulled wine on a snowy day

Mulled wine on a snowy day

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What could be nicer on a chilly day than a warm glass of mulled wine. Especially in contrast to the snow.A beautiful glaze can make all the difference to the feel of a piece. This one has a deep and rich crystal glaze which exudes warmth.It can be difficult to gain the size of a piece from the photo ...
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Salty pots

Salty pots

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Sometimes the form of the ceramic I create gives way to a new idea for using my creations. In this case the pine needle and ceramic salt pot was born.Each one comes with its own ceramic spoon.They remind me of anemones wafting in the tide ...
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Old allotment wall in Burgundy

Old allotment wall in Burgundy

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Categories: Inspiration
Some villages are full of inspiring doors, walls, old buildings and more. On a visit to France I came across this wonderful old wall around the local allotments. There were turrets galore and an old chateau too.I have tried to replicate this in clay, just for fun, complete with pine needle roof.Phot ...
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Snape Maltings exhibition – Life and tide in paint and glaze’

Snape Maltings exhibition – Life and tide in paint and glaze’

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Helen's Shed is on the move again.Not literally, but for the second week in June I am putting on an exhibition with Alaco Doyle at the Quay gallery at Snape Maltings.Alaco paints in acrylics, producing work with many variations in style and subject. Amongst her work are coastal scenes on pieces of ...
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Cluster of boats at Felixstowe Ferry

Cluster of boats at Felixstowe Ferry

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Felixstowe ferry is a wonderful place to have a studio...or a day out.Life is constantly flowing or ebbing with the tide, bringing inspirations from so many sources.Fishermen tell tall tales of catches of old, whilst mending their nets or waiting for their next cup of tea. They love tea.In winter pe ...
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What time is it? Ask the dandelion clocks

What time is it? Ask the dandelion clocks

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 Inspired by the seed heads of dandelions, this ceramic is just ready to tell you the time...Time to visit Southwold, where you will find this bowl in the Southwold Gallery.They only have large pieces of my work. This one which has impressions in the clay which remind me of blowing the dandelio ...
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Meet my neighbour

Meet my neighbour

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Black-headed gulls can be very noisy...as I'm sure you'll agree. They wake with the sun and have to shout their joy in life to the world.That is fine at this time of year, when the sun is reluctant to show its face much before 8 o'clock. But in summer it's a different story. They bring much amusemen ...
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Art on the Prom 2016

Art on the Prom 2016

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Here is a picture of a happy artist with windblown hair!One day each year I move Helen's shed to Felixstowe town, for "Art on the Prom".About eighty artists of all sorts come out of their garrets and sheds to display their work to the world.Hoping the wind isn't too strong and the rain holds off are ...
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Flying over Suffolk salt marsh; a different approach to glazing.

Flying over Suffolk salt marsh; a different approach to glazing.

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Glazes are such fun to experiment with. I decided that trying to capture the wind in the reeds required a less formal approach than normal. So rather than the detailed and exact effect I could have achieved with underglazes, I have gone for layering on-glazes for the wilder look needed to reflect th ...
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