April is here and nature is blooming into new life and colour. It is also the time to brighten up your home.
Declutter your cabinets of all those old chipped and faded mugs and bowls and treat yourself and your home to fun and quirky style statements and something that brings you joy to use. Ceramics is all the rage this Spring
Everyone should have a special mug for that special occasion, that brings extra pleasure to your drinking experience.
Check out some of my latest pieces that can bring some Joie de vivre to your table this Spring https://etsy.me/2MlKE6F then sit back and enjoy your favorite cuppa
The joy of creating is in everyone and using clay as part of this creative process is exciting and rewarding.
I have been teaching pottery for the past few years, and have worked with disabled soldiers and currently work with a group of Parkinson patients. I love the challenge of finding ways to enable these students to create while making sure they are enjoying the process; hand building or working on the wheel.
I run small introductory pottery workshops, for family or friends. Having sometimes three generations working and creating together, is not just wonderful to see but also an amazing experience for them all.
At a recent workshop I held for a mother and her 3 boys (ages 7 – 15) The boys came into my studio with their phones “glued to their hands” and not very keen on relinquishing them. I got them stuck into the clay immediately making pinch pots and decorating them with stamps and different textures. We then moved on to work on the potter’s wheel. Their look of wonder when the ball of clay was transformed into a vessel was a joy to see and they were very keen to give it a go.
We finished the workshop off with everyone getting a readymade bisque fired pot/mug they were able to decorate and glaze. They were then placed in the kiln for firing and were ready to collect at a later date.
They all had a great time and one of them even left without his phone, having to return half an hour later. He thanked me for the workshop and said how much fun he had had. It made my day!
For more information regarding my workshops please contact me.
On the first night of Passover, Jews recount the story of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.
The meal which takes place during the course of the evening – is known as the Seder. With the centrepiece of the Seder a special plate, known as the Seder plate. This plate contains six symbolic foods relating to the exodus.
Karpas- a leafy green vegetable, usually a piece of lettuce, symbolizing hope and redemption.
Charoset – sweet paste made of fruit and nuts, symbolizing the mortar the slaves used to build the Egyptian pyramids.
Maror and Chazeret – bitter herbs, a reminder of the bitterness of slavery.
Zeroah – shank bone, representing the Passover sacrifice.
Egg – a hard-boiled egg, symbolizing the festival sacrifice that was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem
Ones visionary sensors are awoken on the arrival of Spring. After the long hot summer months when everything has been scorched and the landscape is brown. The winter rains, when they come, revive the dormant seeds. First casting a green haze over the land and then creating dense green foliage which erupts into colour. Yellow field marigolds, purple irises, cyclamen, wild garlic, red anomies and poppies and the almond trees bust into bloom. I can never get enough of its beauty which I try to reflect in some of my work.
Apple dipped in honey is the symbolic food eaten during the Jewish New Year – We dip a slice of apple in honey to express our hopes for a sweet and fruitful year. What a better way to do this than with beautiful handmade ceramics….
Handmade, and individually decorated with under-glazes and a clear transparent glaze (lead free). Suitable for use in dishwasher.