So it’s the end of the first week back at work, it’s flown around, before I know it it’ll be June and then December and I’ll be saying where on earth has the year gone.
I three big fat mugs the other day after spending a couple of cups of tea time sitting in front of the fire looking through some books and my sketch pads to find a mug shape that I haven’t made before.
I ended up making some big fat round bellied things, they are pretty big, 1lb of clay, they’ll hold quite an amount of tea. Then I went and made some more tea and sat looking at them and realised they were the same sort of shape as the Doug sprigged mug that I was drinking out of – oops. I told him this when I spoke to him but said you know it’ll be fine because I never use sprigs.
Until now that is…
I have a box full of sprigs that I’ve made over the last many years and they sit there and do nothing. As this is my “January make whatever weird things you so have the desire to” time I thought I’d have a play with them after all.
So they are in some ways inspired by two potters with the initials DF and in some ways by this excellent piece in an Australian gallery. As the last one will make quite clear.
A jolly dear friend of mine was describing me this week and used what I think frankly is a wonderful ending to his description of “ultimately utterly mad”. I love it, I think I might use it after my name and be from now onwards Hannah McAndrew UUM.