Sculpture…

Freddie copy

We were fortunate to find this sculpture on the Scarborough North Shore when travelling from Whitby, it’s a very moving story.

The sculpture is based on a retired miner Ray Lonsdale became friends with, who turned out to also be one of the first soldiers to relieve the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the end of World War II.

This piece of art is not just about Freddie Gilroy but represents all the normal people that were pulled out of an ordinary life and forced into a very extraordinary and dangerous one during the World Wars.

Ray Lonsdale, sculptor from County Durham said:

“Scarborough is a unique town and I am pleased that my ‘Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers’ will be on show there for residents and visitors alike to look at and enjoy. This piece is almost a war memorial as it depicts the lives of all those who suffered during the World Wars”.

“I hope that people get enjoyment from my sculptures but also reflect on the sensitivity and emotion which I have tried to convey through my work.”

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Postcards…..

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Well, I’m busy designing an DL invitation for the upcoming exhibition ‘Passage’.  So, in the meantime I’ve added a postcard for you…

This beautiful shot is taken between Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay.

This postcard jumped out at me…I love the colours of the roofs and thought one day I might make some little rustic houses, odd shaped with little orange/red roofs. (That’s something for another time)

It was a cold, cold, rainy day the day we visited Whitby. But we soldiered on and walked to the headland and along the beach in the various little towns. The hot chocolates at the little beachside van were hot and at only 1 pound, excellent value when there’s 5 in the family (mind you, we had to stand with your back to the wind gusts if you didn’t wish to wear your hot chocolate….poor Gus.)

Oh, and a big hug and thank you to Gus for helping me fix up the size of my photos in the hypertext.

Exhibition Opening..

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The works in this exhibition are by local and interstate artists (I’m looking forward to adding to my collection) some pieces from this exhibition. (Ray Cavill was a teacher of mine at Art School, and Rebecca Lindenmann is a fellow BrisStyle member, plus the lovely Kylie Johnson of Paper Boat Press). http://www.instinctandgrace.blogspot.com.au/

The works are around the theme of ‘in my hand’ and will be small, beautiful, thoughtful, tiny and magical (quotes from Instinct and Grace – by Kylie Johnson of Paper Boat Press – the Gallery hosting the show).

the show will be open until saturday august 10th
opening hours
wednesday – friday 10-4
and saturdays 10-2

(Held at: Paper Boat Press – 60 Ashgrove Crescent, Ashgrove – Brisbane – Queensland)

Stoke on Trent

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This is a postcard taken from a glass plate negative by William Morris (1834-1896). I couldn’t imagine living in such a heavy polluted environment. The pit in the forground is at the back of one of the potteries. With the tall funnels of the bottle kilns in the background.

In the 19th century, Stoke had a thriving pottery industry, hence its nickname, “The Potteries”. Since the last half of the 20th century, however, almost all of the bottle-shaped kilns have been taken down, due to regulations from the Clean Air Act — an estimated 4,000 bottle kilns in the heyday of the pottery industry, today reduced to a mere 46.

Today, when you travel to Stoke the air quality has improved to such an extent you wouldn’t think the postcard was anywhere in the vacinity.

There’s a ‘Potteries Museum’ in the centre of Stoke which is well worth a visit and has free entry.

Mousehole

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Here’s one of my postcards I brought back from the UK – Mousehole

Pronounced Mowzel (possibly my favourite town in England)

a beauty seaside village in Cornwall, south of Penzance and famous for it’s Christmas lights. They have a count down every year. I had planned that we would stay in St Ives, however when we were booking 12 months out, accommodation was difficult to find over New Year’s without staying for the entire week. So, we settled on Mouslehole, it turned out to be even better than I thought.

We were close to St Ives for the Leach Pottery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum/Studio. The town is full of little galleries and shops that stay open till around 8pm over Christmas/New Year due to the lights.

If you visit at this time of the year it’s important to prebook your restaurant as the town numbers swell considerably and walking in and getting a table isn’t likely. I can report that the local fish and chips are delicious, especially the scampi.

We stayed for 5 nights and from our central spot wandered the little streets at night (no parking in town) as space is at a premium and the streets are narrow and steep. There’s free parking outside of town and walking in only takes around 10-15 minutes.

Local potters include Jack Doherty.

A beautiful, friendly part of England.

Inspiration….

GwynAll through art college and beyond I have admired Gwyn Hanssen Piggot, an Australian potter who sadly passed away in London on Friday the 5th of July. I was fortunate enough to attend a workshop with Gwyn (where we shared lunch, her studio processes and a kindly lesson in the correct way to wash up handmade pottery. Below is a snippet of an article in the Australian which sums up Gwyn ……

Gwyn Hanssen Piggot

“The ultimate source of her strength and confidence was the mastery of the potter’s craft, at the heart of which is wheel-throwing, that subtle, difficult and magical process by which a lump of clay turns into a vessel, and matter becomes form and idea at the touch of the artist’s hand.” (Quote http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/ceramicists-picture-perfect-suites/story-e6frg8n6-1226676137519?sv=a72a02f61cc03217c32470ee56a1461e)

Like all modern potters, Hanssen Pigott’s craft was inspired by Bernard Leach, with whom she worked for a time, and the ideas and values expounded in A Potter’s Book (1940), the most important source for 20th-century artistic ceramics. Leach’s rediscovery of the Chinese potter tradition, which reached its highest expression in the works of the Sung and Yuan dynasties, was not antiquarian in spirit but profoundly modernist in its concern with the authenticity of materials and the rediscovery of the fundamental principles of technical process.

Bottles, cups, bowls, covered boxes, all utilitarian and usable objects, also and for that very reason have archetypal associations so powerful that the artist has only to lengthen or shorten a neck or to turn a lip inwards or outwards to suggest longing, reticence, generosity or timidity. Light and dark, warm and cool glazes on internal or external surfaces could add a counterpoint of formal and expressive suggestion to any vessel. The above in an extract from: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/ceramicists-picture-perfect-suites/story-e6frg8n6-1226676137519?sv=a72a02f61cc03217c32470ee56a1461e)

Finder Keepers…..

Firstly I would like to thank all the lovely visitors to the Finders Keepers Market on the weekend. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and feedback from our market visitors.

I must say that after months of hard work making and preparing in the studio, I was delighted by all the beautiful comments and smiles on everyone’s faces.

It’s such a reward to see faces light up when look around at your work. I’ve decided to store these warm friendly words in my heart for when I’m working alone in the studio.

Below is the a shot of the stain glass windows across from my stall, they were gorgeous…

 

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