I spent the weekend at Kedleston Hall. Having checked the weather forecast for snow, I was rather shocked to wake up on Saturday morning to a blanket of white (or "milk" as Tiddler exclaimed!). The National Trust were taken by surprise too, Kedleston Hall was statuesque and beautiful in the snow but inaccessible until the snow ploughs were out. The hall was freezing, but so Christmassy!
I'm learning to love daybreak. Having chickens forces you out early to embrace the elements. Apart from being greeted by my lovely ladies, there have been some lovely blushes of colour across the sky that infuse the morning with a lovely glow.
A fine discovery indeed! Today one of my lovely ladies laid her first egg, just ten days after arriving, and before she'd even found fame on my blog! From left to right, allow me to introduce Hetty (quiet and domestic), Esther (forthright and fast) and Iris (Queen of the coop and, I think, the producer of the egg). Keeping chickens seems to be pretty easy, we're all enjoying their company and looking forward to tomorrow's breakfast!
I've been asked to take part in the 'I Love Craft' fair in Barnsley at the Cooper Gallery and Civic from 10.00 until 16.00. Really looking forward to another trip to Yorkshire.....hope to see you there!
Just back from Lustre at Nottingham University Arts Centre. Lusting after Ken Eardsley's ceramics. Would be very happy to love a piece by Steve Handley too. I got that overwhelming feeling of being surrounded by beauty and amazing skill. Seeing work created lovingly by someone's hands and holding that object, feeling that love always makes me go a bit strange!
Here is my stall at Holmfirth Art Market. It was a whirlwind day. My work was well received and I sold well, both original art work and from my new range of ceramics. The event was superbly organised and well attended with a great retro feel provided by lashings of bunting and a 1940's and 50's music collection. If only every Sunday could be so inspiring and enjoyable!
A big thank you to Paul at Razzle Dazzle Pots for agreeing to fire my ceramics at such short notice. And thanks to you all for crossing your fingers. All being well, I'll have my ceramics back to display on Sunday at Holmfirth. I'm really looking forward to it!
At half term we had another jaunt way. I've been so busy creating that I haven't had a chance to post my pictures of our trip to Portsmouth. In the lull before the storm, I discovered these pics on my camera. We went to Portsmouth to visit the great Lou Netter, now firmly ensconced in the UK. What a pleasure.
ps. we're hoping to collect the chickens tomorrow. Cluck cluck!
It's all quiet here as I hold my breath and hope that my ceramics get fired in time for Holmfirth Art Market at the weekend. It's touch and go and I'll be really disappointed if I can't launch my new idea. I've had the mantra 'brave dreams' on a post it note on my desk all week......I just hope the universe is smiling on me and everything comes together in time.
Today I'm creating a name sign for my stall, and painting boards. Tomorrow it's framing. Keep your fingers crossed that my ceramics get fired in time. Thanks.