Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Successful exhibition

Over the Bank Holiday weekend I exhibited 16 items of my ceramics work at the annual exhibition of West Forest Potters which was one of the venues on the Henley Arts Trail. The exhibition was full of wide variety of interesting work, and received many visitors each day. Not only did I receive a lot of very positive feedback for my work, but also sold 7 items (I had 2 items which were not for sale); always good to know that people like your work sufficiently to pay for it. However, it is sometimes hard to part with pieces which have been so enjoyable to make, such as my large 'Rock Form with sea glass'

Another piece which I would have quite liked to enjoy at home for a while was my recently produced  'Curled Leaf'
I also sold the following pieces:-

and two cream birds.
I am already planning what to be making ready for next year's exhibition!

Sunday, 6 May 2012


A few weeks ago when chatting with our daughter in New Zealand, she jokingly suggested that I bake her a cake. After finishing our conversation I remembered seeing a knitting pattern for a cupcake and thought it would be amusing to knit her a cake to post to NZ. Having located the pattern, I needed to go shopping to buy the 2 circular needles and 3 balls of 4 ply wool. Hobbycraft was useless, so ended up in John Lewis spending quite a lot of money. I then needed to learn how to knit in the round using 2 circular needles; fortunately the book I had included clear instructions and good pictures, so I soon mastered this fiddly technique and was on my way knitting a cupcake! A few hours later it was completed, photographed and the next day posted to New Zealand.
I wish that I could have seen Katy's face when she opened the package; not quite the cake she had envisaged, but one that is good for the figure!
Having bought the needles and wool, and mastered a new knitting technique; I am now busy knitting more cupcakes ready to put on my stall at the Thrive Open Day on Saturday 12th May from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Do come if you can, not only is it an opportunity to see my work, but also you can enjoy the beautiful gardens at Thrive and sample some of the delicious cakes which the wonderful staff and volunteers make for these occasions.