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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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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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Close up!

Close up!

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The coiling technique.Just to prove they really are pine needles, here is a close up image of the coiling technique in action.Suffolk pine needles are quite short which makes the basket weaving trickier but not impossible.It just means there are a lot more joins to hide to make the end result look n ...
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Suffolk Open Studios 2015

Suffolk Open Studios 2015

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This year Helen's shed will be taking part in Suffolk Open StudiosThis is a scheme in which artists open their studios to the public on specific weekends in June.There is a leaflet available full of the information on the artists taking part. Plus various trails taking you from artist to artist in a ...
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Shed on a cold spring day.

Shed on a cold spring day.

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Spring is here, although it was " A freeeeezing cold 2nd April day", according to the lady that supplied me with this photo.Somehow daffodils  bring hope that we are emerging from winter. Their splash of colour is a welcome sight to all.Many thanks Angie and Caroline.   ...
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Winter sunset at the Ferry.

Winter sunset at the Ferry.

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This old boat was apparently once a thing of beauty. A gentleman's yacht that has now fallen on hard times. She sits on the saltings at Felixstowe Ferry and is only used by birds as a roost or nest site.You can see her from the walk along the sea wall.The sunset now shines through the gaps in her pl ...
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A bit more history.

A bit more history.

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The art of pine needle weaving is an ancient tradition that dates back some 8000 years.The technique is known as "Coil weaving" where successive  "Coils" of one material are stitched together to form baskets.Pine needle weaving originated in Northern and Central America where native Indians practic ...
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Lucky pigs at Helen’s shed

Lucky pigs at Helen’s shed

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Meet the "Lucky pigs"!Every time I fire up the kiln I include a little pig that I have made. If the firing is a success the pig is obviously a lucky one.As you can see there have been quite a few good firings since I moved my kiln to the shed last year... and when you visit my shed keep your eyes op ...
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A beautiful day at Felixstowe Ferry

A beautiful day at Felixstowe Ferry

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What a sunny March day. I couldn't resist the urge to go hunting for driftwood so took myself off for a treasure hunt on the beach. I now have some fantastic bits to get creating another mirror and lots of potential for other ideas. Found loads of inspiration on my walk too.From this photo you can s ...
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From clay to basket..

From clay to basket..

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For those of you who are interested in how I create my baskets, here is a quick overview.I will go into each stage in more detail at a later date but for now I would like to give you an idea of the whole.It is basically a three stage process as follows.1) Shaping the clay.I try to form interesting s ...
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