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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Girl with ceramic floral wreath

England had a hot spell. It was the hottest June since 1976. It was difficult to hand-build. Besides I hurt my back. So I had to cut back working on a chair; I had no problem walking or standing. The heatwave is over, and backache is eased. I have started working in earnest.

Today I would like to share three of my works I made a few months ago. Some months ago, one of my clients sent me a photo of a girl's skull with ceramic wreath in a archaeological museum in Patras, Greece. The ceramic flowers are pink, yellow, green and gold. Colours are still bright. They seem to me spring flowers, suitable for a girl. She must have been loved so much to be given such a beautiful farewell.

Prior to that, I became curious about life before death and after death. And the image inspired me.

I made three works. The first one was a mask, and my interpretation of the skull. I seldom use pink (not my favourite colour), and I was unsure about it, but it worked fine.

The second one was my imagination; if the girl didn't die then, and became a grown-up.

The last one was the girl after her death. She is going to have her last journey to the land of death over water.

I meant to try to understand them. That's what I do after they are completed. But I have been too busy to do that, but I think it is time for them to come out of the boxes. So I could look into their eyes.  

Friday, 16 June 2017

Bevere Gallery, Worcester - Featured artists of June

I am one of the featured artists with Debbie Barber and Martin McWilliam, of June, in Bevere Gallery, Worcester. Do pop in if you can. My work will be there until the end of July.



Red Ridinghood
Whale sort of day

Answer was in the box.

Bevere Gallery, Bevere Lane, Worcester WR3 7RQ • 01905 754 484

Saturday, 15 April 2017

An exhibition in France

From 8th April to the 9th May, my works are a part pf an exhibition in Galerie Corinne Le Monnier
Le Havre, France. It is the first time my works are shown in France.

This time there are three pieces. 


She has six precious eggs on her back. 

If you are in Normandy, do pop in. 

Owl finch

149 rue Victor Hugo
76600 LE HAVRE

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Ceramic Art London 2017

Ceramic Art London, one of the greatest ceramic art shows in the UK, and possibly in Europe, is over for another year. We had a great time and also a great result. This was my third time, but each is different and unpredictable.

Here is my report and photos of  some of the sculptures, which went to loving homes.
Apple tree - sold

I had a slightly larger stand this time; so my works were more spread out. Just before PV, I was told that one of my photos was in the Evening Standard. How lovely! PV kick-started with Grayson Perry looking at my stand for a long time. In fact, we were getting dressed at the back, so neither Mike or I was there. I came back just after he has left my stand. I would have loved chatting with him. Who wouldn't ?
Alice - sold

Friday was packed and we were very busy, and we also had the highest sales. I was unable to have a chat with old customers much. Sorry!

Owl - sold

Saturday was also packed, but somehow customers' main interests have shifted to smaller animals and by noon the shelves for animals looked bare. The trend might have been started by Keith Brymer Jones from the Great pottery throw down, BBC. He and his partner Marg were our first customers on that day. They were very nice people. I am aware that he is adored by lots of fans; I can see why he has been so popular after meeting him.

Polar bear - sold 

In our limited experience, Sundays are usually crowded, but lots of people browse more than shopping, but this Sunday was different. Remaining animals have gone and quite a few big sculptures have gone. It was a very good Sunday.

Stand is ready on Thursday night. 
 It was so lovely to meet customers I had only known on Internet. Also it was moving to meet one of earlier customers.

My first Saturday customers.
Photo: Fenella Elms

I have recognised quite a few customers who came back. It is lovely to see them again. I will never talk this much until next show.  Mike, post office counter lady and postmen are only people I talk between shows, as I am extrovert recluse.    

Enso - sold 
 A few people said they would go to Art in Clay at Hatfield, in August. I will be there for the first time. I knew it is a great show, but I just couldn't trust the British weather as it is held outside. But I have decided to give it a try.

Tulip - sold 
I have also received a few commissions. With a couple of commissions taken already before the show, I will be concentrating on them for a a few months.

Girl with blue shoes - sold 
Already one week has past since we came home. I have finally unpacked boxes. There are lots of follow ups and admin works after the show. 

Flowering quince - sold 
 Thank you so much for those who have purchased, come and supported from afar. I thank also the organiser, other exhibitors, helpers and security who made the great show.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Spring flower garden in my studio.

When Mike got up about 3AM this morning for bathroom, I told him, 'I am going to place something under bronze glaze before firing so please don't start the kiln.' He was naturally surprised. This is not something he expected to hear from his sleeping wife. Apparently I had been thinking about it in my half-sleep state.

Each glaze-firing is time consuming and important. Loading the kiln takes at least one hour, but sometimes two hours. It is a 3D puzzle in a real life.

And preparing bisque for glaze-firing is even more time consuming and hard work. Among recent masks, Apple tree took the longest to prepare. I was cursing myself. Who on earth made these details without any consideration for painting? Only a fool makes something like this! After 3.5 hours' painting, it was only half done.  Disheartening.

After 3.5hours, it was not finished yet. 
One of the studio tables. 
And next morning.
Certain glaze prefers a high shelf, and others prefer a lower shelf. Masks shouldn't be touching each other.

Intertwined appearance, but all were carefully slid to gaps.

I have to look at them from all directions; so nothing will be even slightly touching.

From a lower angle, they look like this.

Once all were loaded, we took them to the kiln, and carefully placed them inside. As I have broken work during loading too often, I always get quite nervous.

Luckily, the result was great. Half were done and others will need re-firing for minor reasons. The end is in sight.