Thanks for popping in. Just in from a day out in London. We met up with our dear friends Linda and Rob Williams, which was wonderful. Little bit of parchment planning for the Open Days in June and the Spa Retreat, little bit of business chat, then a super posh lunch at the Shard, saunter round Borough Market, along the river in the sunshine to the Tate Modern, a powerful dose of surrealism – and back to the market for tonight’s bread and cheese! Perfect. A day to remember.
As promised, a little video of one of the THREE Clarity Heidelberg Presses in action, cutting out the card shapes for next week’s Wednesday One Day Special. Can you spot which shape our Dave is cutting out here?
I like that we do these arty projects together, as man and wife. And I love that we are getting into printmaking now. It has set us on a creative journey which we both enjoy immensely.
Pottery is not really Dave’s thing, guitar playing is certainly not mine! I love listening to him play though – he is very good, a natural musician, it’s in his bones. So we have our individual pastimes. But it is great to do something together, LEARN something together. Yes. It sort of reignites something as a couple. We both want to work on lino-cutting and mono-printing. It’s a fantastic artskill, with so much scope!
Endless really. We’ve got most of the gear too! We use the presses as you can see, and there’s quite a lot of overlap between general purpose papercraft (aka Clarity) and this more specialized printing. Thirty years of stamping has certainly set me in good stead for lino cutting, masking and reduction printing! I don’t know the rules, but I learn fast with the right instruction. We’ve found a great little print studio in Brighton, and the teacher Helen certainly knows her stuff. She shares her knowledge so generously! The only thing I cannot seem to buy online is, errr..wotsitcalled…begins with T…
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But hey ho. One day at a time, we make a little time. What are you up to at the weekend? Tomorrow, I’m going back over the Sunday TV demos once more, to refresh my memory. Then I’m throwing grogged porcelain bowls. That’s the plan, and unless something unexpected crops up, I is throwing little cereal bowls! Why? I love bowls best. I love the shape, the feel, the purpose. There’s something not only tactile and organic, but very spiritual about a little porcelain bowl. And I want to re-establish a benchmark. I have lost my way some with glazing, gone off the beaten track trying to learn and experiment, so I want to reverse the bus a bit and get back on familiar ground. You understand.
Have a fabulous evening. What are YOU making?
Love and hugs