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May 28, 2014

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Monday was a holiday in the UK, so as a rare treat, I decided to actually take it as a day off and do something with it. I headed over to Didsbury where my school friend Sarah was taking part in a ceramics fair. Set in the Didsbury Parsonage, Sarah is part of the Northern Potters Association and there were about 10 ceramists taking part. A couple of large pieces from Sue Harding and Jane Cordingley working together as Diva Pots.

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I admired the humour behind the work of Janet Halligan. ‘ Fascinated with different surface textures, her pieces often emulate, leather, metal, cardboard, with an extraordinary likeness to the real thing. Shoes, bags, belts, clothing and everyday household items are the simple inspiration for her work. A detailed study of objects that surround us everyday, make us re-evaluate the shape, form and texture of things we normally take for granted ‘. You did have to look twice at her handbags and laced-up boots to realise they were clay and not leather !

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My two favourites were (not unusually) both animal centered. Firstly the charming work of Barbara Chadwick and her raku fired ceramic birds. I liked the combination of the glaze and the wood they were displayed on.

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I ended up taking this little one home with me, for £20 who could have resisted and it’s more like the blue of the image on the left than that on the right.

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Last but not least was the beautiful work of Sarah Louise Lynch, who’s wise old owls and quirky terriers stole the show for me. Well done Sarah.

Making the most of the good weather, we travelled over to Wythenshaw Park, which is made up of thirteen separate woods. This 85 hectare site also features two sites of biological importance – Nan Noon Wood and Gib Lane Wood. Nature and sunshine, you can’t beat it !

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There was a surprising number of sculptures tucked away for the discovering too.

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Plus the old house in the grounds with amazing, detailed carvings around the windows.

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And I loved finding this rather large fish and toad sitting quietly, contemplating the moment in the afternoon, dappled sunshine. I did wonder what they might have to chat about !

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Always good to get out and explore, (makes mental note to do this more ! ). Hope you brits enjoyed your monday holiday too, what did you do with yours ?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2014 3:03 pm

    All sorts of inspiring work here by the artists and nature. I enjoyed my holiday by finishing up the painting of my sewing/office room (wall paint!) and starting another quilt of Batik fabrics.

    • May 28, 2014 3:24 pm

      A great way to spend a day, preparing a lovely space for you to work in. Batik fabric eh, did you know that I worked with African batiks for about 14 years, how funny would it be if you were using some of my designs without knowing it lol. Look forward to seeing some photos of the quilt in the weeks to come.

  2. 54paintings permalink
    May 28, 2014 9:41 pm

    It rained. A LOT.

    • May 29, 2014 1:07 pm

      Perhaps… we will come back as ducks and enjoy this weather all the more !

  3. May 29, 2014 1:14 pm

    Thank you, for the thumbs up.
    Barbara’s work is wonderful, and very popular: it’s not hard to imagine why!!!!!

    • May 29, 2014 1:19 pm

      No problem and I’m keeping the thumbs up for the future to lol. Yes I’d imagine her birds are popular, and I personally liked the combination of the raku firing, delicate crackle glaze and the rustic wooden stands. Well thought out.

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