Thursday, 12 November 2015

Give it Away

I had a great time at a local Arts & Craft Fair the other day. It was in Henfield, where I live and everytime I do something within the community I am reminded just how wonderfully supportive and kind the people are here.

I've been thinking and reading a lot about being human. Ideas of anthropology and ecology, the way we treat and view the world. And a hell of a lot of it has truly open my eyes and mind. One aspect that keeps ringing round in my head is, how in this consumerist society we live in, everything and everyone is geared and programmed to think "what can I get". We wake up and the first thing we think is "What can I get today? If I go to work I can get money to acquire things that I think I need and this will make me happy". But how happier would we be and how much better the world could be if instead we said "what can I give today".

When I was at the fair I gave away the necklace I was wearing. I didn't even really think about strangely. The lady said her daughter would really love it so I gave it to her. She was shocked and didn't know what to say. It wasn't the most precious necklace to me but I liked it and thought "I've had it for a while and enjoyed it, maybe someone else can get some pleasure from it now". It felt good and right. And would of made my day if someone did that for me.

It was just a token and something like isn't going to change the world but you never know what these things might lead to....

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

'White Prickly Holey Spikes'

I think it's fair to say I'm going through 'A White Period' with my pieces at the moment. I'm really trying to focus on form and texture using just the clay and my hands. 

Making them is becoming therapeutic for me. They take ages to make, sticking on each tiny little spike and it frustrates me that I can make them quicker. But I am reminded - this is clay, you can't force it. Well you can but that's lame and slipping it into a production mold kinda beats the whole point.

I suppose the white is my way of hoping for purity, simplicity. My world feels crazy at the moment yet if I can create these beautiful pure objects maybe something good has come from it. Maybe I'm just hoping for snow again this winter

Monday, 6 July 2015

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Rather strange collection?

I collect things, not thimbles or stamps, but interesting things I find when out and about.

Odd looking seed pods and strange shaped rocks, animals bones and dead insects.

To me these are the most beautiful things one could collect. Natures treasures that I put in my studio in a ancient printers tray upon a shelf.

They inspire me, they inspire my art. I feel I am looking after something unique and wonderful. Cherishing things others might not .

Isn't nature wonderful?

Tuesday, 7 April 2015


'Made From Love' Nest

Birds Nest w/eggs

Quirky Garden Stake

Spring is finally here and boy does it make me feel happy :)

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

As Yet Untitled...

First off I feel terrible that it's been over FOUR MONTHS since I last posted here! So HAPPY NEW YEAR! MERRY CHRISTMAS and all that sha-bang..... I do feel guilty neglecting the blog and my dear readers, I am sorry. I toyed with the idea of getting rid of the blog all together, as it was a constant reminder of how I can't keep up this blogging regularly enough and what a blogging failure I have turned out to be. But then I thought, actually it still has it's place, it's just the way it is. I'm obviously not a regular blogger type but I can still use it for something good and hopefully bring something my readers would like to hear/see/think about, all be it occasionally.

So times are a changing here on the blog and hopefully for the better. I won't try to post fascinating insights every few weeks or give wonderful anecdotal stories with a inspirational message (as if I ever did that anyway, but I always hoped that I would...). I don't even want to use it as a way to solely show and promote my work (we've got my Facebook page for that any way). Sometimes I might just post a picture up that I've seen and thought worth sharing, or maybe I'll just say a thought that's been going through my mind and just needing to 'get it out there' into the cosmic ether. Hopefully to connect with you out there who maybe feel the same or can take something useful from it, that would be nice.... I guess what I'm trying to say, dear reader, is that from today this blog will be simply- 'me', unaltered, in all my strange thinking, random weirdness way. I suppose it's a type of new years resolution - learning to just be myself - in front of you all - and being ok about it....