Fun day at the museum

August 7, 2009

Yesterday I ran a workshop at Whitby Museum. They are always fun to do. I took the small group of participants around the museum looking at objects that had spiral patterns on them. I then showed them how to make a small brooch based on the Anglo Saxon ones in the museum collection and they […]

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Re-organising the studio

August 3, 2009

I have spent the last couple of days re-organising the studio. When I went to the Guild of Enamellers annual conference just after easter I collected a hydraulic press but decided not to assemble it until after the Open Studios. I finally got around to it this weekend and now it is safely bolted into […]

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July 29, 2009

I have spent a very damp day at the North Yorkshire Moors National Park centre at Sutton Bank demonstrating to those hardy people who braved the sometimes torrential rain to get over to the marquee and look at the exhibitions. There were representatives from the Ryedale Borough Council re-cycling service talking about composting; a display […]

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Back to work

July 28, 2009

I have had a lovely day away and today am back in the studio. I am planning the things I am going to make at the event tomorrow organised by the North Yorkshire Moors National Park at the Sutton Bank Centre. It is called ‘Our awesome planet‘ and will be all kinds of people working […]

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A few days away

July 20, 2009

I have been working hard over the last week but don’t have much in the way of pictures to show. I am going away for a few well earned days off though now and next weekend will be at Warwick Folk Festival. Hopefully next week I will get back to the blog and let you […]

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Two days of teaching

July 12, 2009

I have had two really busy days running courses in my workshop here in North Yorkshire. I love the challenges some of my students set me by asking questions that really make me stop and think. Yesterday I had a student who was also studying for a degree in visual arts and had been doing […]

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Flora and photo polymer plates

July 7, 2009

I have been experimenting with some of the photographs I have taken at Whitby Museum recently and trying to make them into photo polymer plates for using to texture art clay silver. This is all preparatory work for the jewellery I will be making as part of my Inspired by Heritage residency at the museum. […]

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Preparatory design work

July 3, 2009

I have spent most of the day trying to adapt some of the photographs I had taken of the herbaria in Whitby museum into black and white images to make photopolymer plates from. I am quite pleased with the results but somehow working at the computer doesn’t feel like I am being creative, even though […]

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Back to normal

June 29, 2009

Well, it was the final day of North Yorkshire Open Studios ’09 yesterday and when the last visitors had gone I made a brief attempt to return my studio to a normal working layout, removing a few of the display cases and the large acrylic screen from in front of the kilns and demonstration area […]

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Another day of Open Studios

June 27, 2009

Well this is the fourth day of North Yorkshire Open Studios ’09 and I have woken up to a blanket of fog. It was foggy yesterday from around lunchtime and will be a severe test for visitors finding their way out here (and will probably put a number of them off altogether). I can’t even […]

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