Ceramics in the City

It’s always good to get home isn’t it. I was so happy to be back but you know this week I’ve seen London like I never have before. OK I know I’ve never spent huge amounts of time there, in fact this was the longest and maybe the glorious sunshine helped but I had a lot of fun. I stayed with my friend, the lovely Annabel Faraday and I think that really helped me to see the city in a completely different way. I was able to relax a bit more, not worry about getting lost so much and it was good to have the insiders view.

The Geffrye Museum is in Shawditch and the grounds are fabulous, look at all the green, imagine those huge glorious trees and all that grass – in London! I know I probably sound like a proper country bumpkin and I know that Amanda and Helen will laugh their socks off when they read this but I just wasn’t expecting it. Anyway I liked it, and on monday I went to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Park, again, huge amounts of grass and trees, you should see all the acorns and horse chestnuts and sweet chestnuts I’ve brought back to plant. I have to check the rest of my trouser pockets before they go in the wash in case I’ve missed any.

Great museum, the sort of place I would love anyway, well worth a visit for anyone interested in interiors and decorative things. There were about 40 of us in the show and I think it was an interesting combination, a bit of everything pretty much style and technique wise. Here is my stand for you, I promised someone I would take a photo.

I was very pleased with how well I sold. I didn’t have masses to pack up on sunday for the couriers to bring back here. There were many people who came because they read the blogs and wanted to see the pots and also many who came to offer their condolences about Alan which was very kind.
Blogger Andrew came to visit, it was good to see him again and I was very pleased that he wanted to buy the big platter with the Toft style cross hatched border and the oak tree. The one he told me he wanted a couple of months ago when I had first decorated it. Thanks Andrew.
I met Blogger Margaret too for the first time, lovely to see you there Margaret, hope you enjoyed it.

See I was just obsessed with these trees!

This is Annabel’s stand. Her work couldn’t be more different to mine but she too is decoration obsessed. She prints maps and images of her surroundings including graffiti and signs onto her strong simple shaped slab built pots. They are entirely covered with images, inside and out and underneath and I find you just have to pick them up and turn them round so that you can see what they are all about. My pictures don’t do them any justice at all, sorry Annabel. I especially like the ones with the added embellishments as handles.

Pru Cooper was there, I’ve seen her pots in a gallery in Kirkcudbright for the last few years but hadn’t met her before so that was great. Her slip illustration is beautiful, so simple but so lovely.
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10 Responses to Ceramics in the City

  1. Ron says:

    Glad you’re back, looking forward to catching up…. and asking you lots of questions about trailing. You gonna be drawing lots more trees now??

  2. Ron says:

    Just looked at Annabel’s website. Holy Cow that’s amazing. Very cool! I wanna do that.

  3. ang says:

    hey hannah, I’ve been waiting to see what you got up to last week, I wasn’t expecting trees either….lovely work and display..

  4. Becky says:

    Welcome home, Hannah. From the looks of it you had a most wonderful time! (Your slip trailer is getting a lot of attention here. Ron is going to bring it to our Tuesday night class I think. )

  5. ajsimmons says:

    Yes….I laughed! London is pretty green for a city. Glad you had a good one….I think it’s Shoreditch by the way…..glad to have you back again in the really green and full of trees land! A x

  6. potterboy says:

    HellooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooIt is Shoreditch – where Naboo had his boutique, Nabootique. I didn’t see it though.(I don’t expect many people will understand any of that…)The plate is lovely – it’s going up above the fireplace but it might need some companion pieces – and perhaps a tile or two. Off to Potclays tomorrow – might buy some of the red stuff and some lead bisilicate.

  7. Ron says:

    What’s that Andrew????? You’re getting what????…red clay? Lead bisilicate?? Are you coming over to the dark side?

  8. paul jessop says:

    Hi, Glad things turned out well, London is a great place if you go to the right parts. I’ve spent so much of my life working in London I’m realy loving spending all my time in Somerset with no desire to go back just yet.

  9. potterboy says:

    I want red clay to mix with the White St Thomas, to get some iron into it. But if I have some to hand I might give it a whirl…

  10. So pleased the show went well – the display looks really good! What a whirlwind AND to get back and get it all recorded….you are a dynamo dynamite. So daft I went down there as you were on your way back – it’s an amazing place but three days was enough and it IS good to be back in Galloway.

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