A Night Out with Friends

leaf planterIt should have been night out with friends to celebrate the start of Spring, but not even Orion’s dog, brightest of the bright, could make it through the veil of cloud. Even so, Merulus was in fine voice in the early hours, followed later by his erstwhile cousins the Rubeculas.  A sudden  inspiration to put the Green Man’s leaves onto a stoneware planter came during the song and I think it has worked well.

Thank you Google !!

Well, how about that then? As we launch into w/e 2 of the Arts Trail, with O&P safely back here on their mooring, what should Google do but flag up Edward Lear’s 200th birthday on their home-page, with specific reference to The Owl and The Pussycat. For some reason best known to themselves they chose not to refer to us…..                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   As my contribution to the celebration, here is the complete poem as stamped on the hull:

The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea,

In a beautiful wooden boat.

They took some stew and plenty of goo

In case it didn’t float.

But all was well as they rode the swell

Along the British coast

So to builders and donors and muffligate owners

They tippled a hearty toast.

It’s a lovely day here, the sun is shining at last, and we look forward to welcoming this weekend’s visitors to the studios. I’ll be doing a kiln-opening late-morning – disaster or delight?

The Owl & the Pussycat went to See…..

…..The Boat Project.   Well, they can now, because they are out of the kiln intact. Double-click the images to enlage them:

O & P will be at Thornham Marina as part of the Emsworth Art Trail exhibition on Monday 7th May. The rest of the time they will be here at the studio.

So Far, So Good

Participants in the Emsworth Arts Trail have been invited to submit a piece of work with a marine theme for an exhibition on launch day, 7th May, at The Boat Project at Thornham Marina. I’m working on this model which is almost ready for  biscuit firing,  to be followed by the  glaze firing.  That’s assuming it survives that far, and just now, as dry raw clay, it is very fragile.The poem references the Boat Project, a quite remarkable construction of a sailing boat  from donated pieces of wood – old tennis rackets, chairs, wooden toys,  and so on. Click here to view  the Boat Project website.

Poetry from the Pottery

I recently bought an impressive set of letters from a company called Impressive Letters (impress@broomhalllodge.freeserve.co.uk). Quite expensive, but very good.  Now they need to earn their keep.  First up is a short poem, which has gone into the kiln this evening for the bisc firing.  The slabs will have to be fairly small, so we are talking haiku here, not epic.  Any suggestions?