Monthly Archives: August 2012
Last weekend I spent a fantastic few days away in Bath. We stayed in Frome, about a fifteen minute drive from Bath itself, and found it to be quite a pleasant little town. My favourite part was the cobbled streets and quirky little shops that were hidden away.
One day of the trip was spent nearby in Longleat where we visited the safari park and wandered around the grounds of Longleat House. This included finding our way out of a hedge maze which was a lot of fun, admiring lots of pretty gardens, the butterfly farm, and an interesting boat trip.
The weather was on our side on Sunday so we saw plenty of warm sunshine, which of course meant ice cream
At the safari park we took our chances and drove through the ‘monkey mayhem’ area where monkeys were free to do as they pleased… Many were hitching a ride on the cars but were also causing damage to aerials, bumpers, wing mirrors etc! Luckily our car was safe and there was one fellow who loved the taste of the windscreen wash from one of the washers on the bonnet!
We also came face to face with a lion which was quite scary but very cool!
In the centre of Bath we couldn’t resist a bit of shopping, and found some lovely restaurants. I experienced Cafe Rouge for the first time and loved it, can’t wait to go back.
If all that wasn’t enough, we also managed to get a good glimpse of Stonehenge on the drive home!
I’ve been busy in the workshop catching up on orders lately. Mostly during the evenings making the most of the warm nights. I love ‘hiding out’ in the workshop with my music and being surrounded by clay. It has been nice to have so many orders to work on… Making specific pieces for customers is one of my most enjoyable things to do.
As well as working on orders, I’m also slowly but surely building up stock for galleries and the upcoming craft fairs and events I’ll be exhibiting at once autumn/winter kicks in. I’m looking forward to getting back into the craft fair season, which for me is usually the best time to sell my work as people like to buy gifts ready for Christmas.
The countryside has given me lots of fresh inspiration while we’ve been having these spurts of warm weather. I have been enjoying some lovely scenic walks.
I am very excited to be taking part in the ‘Wolds and Coasts’ exhibition at Gallery 49 in Yorkshire this month. Plenty of my seaside inspired pieces such as vases, bowls, coasters and beach huts are currently displayed in the exhibition which is on until 1st September. Well worth a visit if you are in the area!
I also made some special hanging mobiles with incorporated sea glass especially for the exhibition. They look great entwined with shells, driftwood and ceramic pieces, and fit in with the theme of the exhibition well.
It’s been a while since Molly showed her face on my blog… I couldn’t resist adding this photo! I had a large box delivered last week and instead of throwing the box away, I kept it open to see if she would lay in it. Surpruse surprise… Molly loves it so I guess I’ll be keeping it for now.
Thanks to one of my lovely customers for sending me a selection of photographs from her visit to a botanical garden on holiday in Tenerife. These are a few of my favourites that have been a great inspiration for my work.