Wednesday, 23 August 2017

A Visit To The Leach Pottery...


When we were in Cornwall we visited one of my favourite places, the Leach Pottery.

Love this on the roof!

I am a huge fan of a Leach owl...

....and his hares of course!

The whole place is so calm and tranquil.

Why are pottery studios so gorgeous?

These are the actual tools used by Bernard Leach.

They are art works themselves aren't they!

You could have a go at painting some of the Japanese-inspired motifs, hubby was a a natural.

(And, as usual, I didn't do what I was supposed to!)

First aid box envy...


Not only was Leach's pottery beautiful, but his thoughts and words were just as inspirational:

'As clothes are to the human body so are glazes to pots. Both serve practical ends, both should enhance inherent beauty of form.'

Leach would sit at this fireplace and give individual critiques on each of the pots made.


The shop of temptation...

I'll leave you with another one of Leach's inspirational quotes that had been printed on the loo wall...



Thursday, 17 August 2017

A Workshop With Kerry Harding...


Last month I visited The St Ives School Of Painting for an Experimental Oil Painting workshop with Kerry Harding. I have been a fan of Kerry's work for years and was very excited to meet her and see her paint.

The studios have been recently renovated and are so beautiful and inspiring, I was in heaven!

This handsome chap caught my eye and later appeared in one of my paintings!

Just look at the view!

Kerry even made us cups of tea!

And the crockery is from the fabulous Leach Pottery!

Now I am a tad nervous when it comes to oil painting, but Kerry was an excellent tutor.
She was so generous with her knowledge and techniques and the examples that she showed us were stunning...
We quickly went to experiment, dripping, pouring and scraping to our hearts' content.
I went through quite a few plastic gloves!

And soon everyone's tables were looking very exciting!

I really enjoyed building up the layers on my little abstracts.

The School were extremely generous with the materials available.

I even became inspired when I spilled some thinner onto the newspaper!

Here are my three little abstract paintings,(and the horse picture that I did during the dinner break!)

And then it was time to down pinnies and go home...

I really can't recommend The St Ives School Of Painting workshops enough.

If you're in Cornwall it's definitely worth treating yourself to a day (or two or three!) of pure inspiration.

Everyone there was so helpful and friendly and the place is stunning.

And on my way home I did a little curtesy as I was passing Alfred Wallis' cottage...