trees, lines and glazing

Two nice things today.  First, walking Brindley in the woods this morning, the trees were suggesting all sorts of ways to use lines on a surface. and that was on...

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Earth first bowl

When I was scraping the outside of my first coil pot with an old veneer saw blade to break up the surface before smoothing it I liked the texture so...

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handmade stoneware vase by Grant Sonnex

birch bark vase

The mixture of matt and shiny white glazes and the way they interact reminded me very much of the birch trunks that I see daily walking the dog in Leigh...

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inspiration rocks

The other day I went in search of a beach that I last visited almost 20 years ago.  It had stayed in my memory because it was covered in perfectly...

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What I fancy making

A week walking in the Yorkshire Dales and then a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with its new Sean Scully exhibition has left my senses thrilled and my thoughts...

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Poetry is not words

Poetry is not an arrangement of words, but a quality of openness, a distillation of experience and a refinement of expression. So to paint a poem is an entirely reasonable...

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The language of images

  In the introduction to Kathleen Raine’s selected poems she says, nature poetry is not what we write about nature, but rather the language of images in which nature daily...

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Tango

There is this interplay between the idea and what happens with the paint.  If the paint dominates, there is mess.  If the idea dominates there is dryness. Somehow there needs...

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The persistence of impressions

If I can find a unifying theme for these last months’ travels it is stone.  Red stone outcrops carved to make rock houses on Kinver Edge and cut through by...

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a bowl of water and light

I've just delivered a painting to a client who wanted to bring the essence of a landscape that she'd known since childhood into her home.  The bay between Tresaith and...

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Painting is like toddler talk

I heard a toddler the other day copying his parents’ talking but making no sense.  Blah, blah, b’blah, blah, he said.  He couldn’t understand what he heard, but he copied...

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something as living as nature

I want to create surfaces that have the energy and life of natural surfaces that become as fascinating and infinitely explorable as the natural world. The artist, Matthew Smith (1879-1959)...

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Land, Sea and Light completed

Created during my years spent living and working as a furniture maker on the coast of the St Davids Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, land, sea and light explores the essence of that...

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With painting, you never know

I always turn to the writings of artist Sean Sculley when I want inspiration and insight.  Here, from his selected writings, is a reminder that with painting you never know...

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Why purple doesn’t exist

The colour purple does not exist in the real world. Apparently it’s true. A rainbow of light from red to violet floods our surroundings, but there is no such thing...

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improvisation in earth tones

After all those months of working with white for the land, sea and light collection, my palate/palette was well and truly cleansed.  So I’m beginning to open my eyes to...

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land, sea and light

Land, sea and light iwill be a collection of 17 white reliefs, hung as the doors of oak and beech cabinets, inspired by the cliffs and beaches of the St...

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morning glory dining table

My client wanted a modern, glass topped table to go in an otherwise traditional room.  So I looked at the motifs carved and inlaid into some of the other furniture....

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balance music frame

A rock climber wanted a wall unit to hold a stereo, TV and a few books.  I got interested in the way climbers balance and hang… so the piece became...

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trees, lines and glazing

Two nice things today.  First, walking Brindley in the woods this morning, the trees were suggesting all sorts of ways to use lines on a surface. and that was on...

read more

Earth first bowl

When I was scraping the outside of my first coil pot with an old veneer saw blade to break up the surface before smoothing it I liked the texture so...

read more
handmade stoneware vase by Grant Sonnex

birch bark vase

The mixture of matt and shiny white glazes and the way they interact reminded me very much of the birch trunks that I see daily walking the dog in Leigh...

read more

inspiration rocks

The other day I went in search of a beach that I last visited almost 20 years ago.  It had stayed in my memory because it was covered in perfectly...

read more

What I fancy making

A week walking in the Yorkshire Dales and then a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with its new Sean Scully exhibition has left my senses thrilled and my thoughts...

read more

Poetry is not words

Poetry is not an arrangement of words, but a quality of openness, a distillation of experience and a refinement of expression. So to paint a poem is an entirely reasonable...

read more

The language of images

  In the introduction to Kathleen Raine’s selected poems she says, nature poetry is not what we write about nature, but rather the language of images in which nature daily...

read more

Tango

There is this interplay between the idea and what happens with the paint.  If the paint dominates, there is mess.  If the idea dominates there is dryness. Somehow there needs...

read more

The persistence of impressions

If I can find a unifying theme for these last months’ travels it is stone.  Red stone outcrops carved to make rock houses on Kinver Edge and cut through by...

read more

a bowl of water and light

I've just delivered a painting to a client who wanted to bring the essence of a landscape that she'd known since childhood into her home.  The bay between Tresaith and...

read more

Painting is like toddler talk

I heard a toddler the other day copying his parents’ talking but making no sense.  Blah, blah, b’blah, blah, he said.  He couldn’t understand what he heard, but he copied...

read more

something as living as nature

I want to create surfaces that have the energy and life of natural surfaces that become as fascinating and infinitely explorable as the natural world. The artist, Matthew Smith (1879-1959)...

read more