Monday, 25 July 2016

RHS Tatton Flower Show 2016

Well its over for another year and well to say it was hot is an understatement!

 New slab rolled porcelain bluebell vases 

New porcelain slab rolled swallow vases 

 Parian slip cast vases with the boys 

Animal heads 

Apparently Tarquin is going the wrong way down the tree for a tree creeper

Terry the Tawny Owl was on his forever home 

My new dog heads was received well though maybe I need a selection for display. I have a commission for two already so that should keep me busy for a while. Well once I get the right crutches. Yes I have torn my Achilles tendon again but this time in the other leg! I have been given a zimmer frame until they can order me special crutches and I am also in a plaster cast unlike last time. Oh I am a numpty! 

Anyway here's my favourite bits of the flowery bit. 

Garden Library by Kelly Brown in the Upright Gardens

Garden Library by Kelly Brown in the Upright Gardens 

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Prep for Tatton is well under way

It's two weeks to go before I set up for RHS Tatton Park Flower Show over in Cheshire. I am working like a demon to get things done alongside finishing the schools work in time for the end of term. 

So today I bought some drawers and old potato crates to hopefully turn into wall shelving watch this space. I turned my stand at one show into the interior of a shed which was in the back of my mind but maybe a bit more shabby chic this time we shall see more pics to come.

I have been playing with some very new wall pieces using up-cycled pallet wood with small porcelain plaques. I have only made a few so I will take them with me to gauge reaction but I actually like them alot and they are quite a nice thing to buy as presents or gifts. 
Linking in with the new bluebell vases.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Drawing in the Lakes

So this weekend I sent a few days with my friend who came to visit me after she went on a short experimental drawing course. I took her up to my folks caravan and we got lost in the lakes for a few days drawing en plein air. It was fabulous I loved it I mean really loved it, it was so relaxing and I have not giggled or laughed so hard for a very very long time.

We ended up getting lost and found Torver Common after a few detours well I love this place so we stopped for lunch and well didn't get very far afterwards as it's where I drew 'For the love of trees' a number of years ago so its a place close to my heart. 

 It was all very experimental and about mark making with different tools and grounds. I ended up using a feather to draw with and so very new Derwent coloured charcoals which I fell in love with. 

I introduced twigs and sticks from the surrounding birch trees and bracken we were sat in. 

Playing with a palette knife too  

Drawing with feathers dipped in inks

Sorry I have only just realised these are upside down! bugger I will see what I can do to rectify this min the meantime here's the link to the online shop.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Sorry its been a while

Well that's a month of intense working and sadness I don't want to repeat.

I think I'm just coming out of a flare up and with new meds for high blood pressure its been eventful. 

New work going to new homes 

Lord Montague Weasington Popgoes if off on his way to his new life down in Bristol 

 We have been working towards Open Studios which was yesterday which went well down at Higherford Mill.

 When my fingers are seizing up or joints causing a lot of pain (psoriatic arthritis) I try and work on something that doesn't stress them out too much which extraordinarily are these little things bird and hares etc in a soft stoneware. 

But as they eased I could get back to playing with my slab roller trying to work out how to combine the simplicity of the leaf prints but not loosing the drawing aspects of my slip cast work. I have combined them but and still developing the ideas to get a product I feel would be saleable, reasonable priced and keep me developing the porcelain side of my work which I feel such a strong bond. Do I stop it and concentrate on the animals and birds? I don't know that I am ready so I need to see how the wrists, joints and other things play out so here's the results. 

So onto the reason of throwing myself into the work.....well some may know others may not but we lost our Charlie Dog on the 18th April. And it hurts, a lot, I can't write more as I will start to cry again. It's too raw and fresh even now it lose such a character who captured your heart with those big brown eyes. We are sadder than a really sad thing but glad to have met him to one of his pack and to be loved by such a marvelous creature. I am signing off as I am crying again.... see I said to raw to soon and too beautiful a boy. Sleep well my lovely.