It’s been a while since my last post. Things have been pretty hectic here with the building work, and it is taking up all of my time. The good news is that construction is going well, a few small hiccups, but nothing major. The groundworks are pretty much complete so now the actual ‘building’ can commence. Also there is now an enormous hole in the garden ready for a retaining wall to be built. Once this has been completed the pad can be laid for my new studio.
I’ve been so busy that I’ve barely had any time for anything clay related. I’ve not thrown a pot for over five weeks and I’m really missing it. However I managed some sketching last week, and a bit of photography here and there. Even on a messy building site there’s inspiration…
A series about people that have influenced my creative path
Flock at Low Tide by Ishbel Macdonald
A couple of summers ago I met Ishbel Macdonald at her studio whilst campervanning around the north coast of Scotland. I bought a small pot and this gorgeous painting. The colours and details are wonderful, and the touches of gold are inspired. It makes me consider adding tiny amounts of lustre to some of my more decorative pieces. Oh to be back at the wheel.
Whilst the building work is going on and we’re making some big decisions, I’ve also been thinking a lot about finer details. I can’t help it. I’m looking forward to redecorating some rooms once the works are finished, and I have an idea about grouping this little picture together with some others on a wall in the sitting room… but then part of me would like it to look at when I’m working in the studio.
Small woodfired stoneware bowl by Edinbane Pottery (dia 7cm approx)
I’m looking forward to using this little bowl again. It’s normally used as a salt cellar but, owing to the building work going on in our house at the moment, it has been packed away for the time being. It was the first piece I bought from Edinbane, some twenty six years ago.
See other pieces by Edinbane Pottery: