Firstly I would like to say that I have just heard the sad news that Simon Carroll has died after being very poorly. I didn’t know the man at all but I have seen him demonstrate which was quite a thing, so very unlike anything I have ever done or could ever be inventive enough to think of doing with red clay and slip. I also saw this funny funny event happen at Aberystwyth Ceramics Festival a few years ago and ever since I’ve been on the look out for a bald fella who’d be prepared to have a pot thrown on his head. Do spend the time to watch the film of the beach drawings on his web site too. His obituary is here.
My week has been a bit of a wobbly mess really. The picture above sort of illustrates what I’ve spent most of it doing so far, trying to get suppliers and banks and other folks on the phone to talk sense to me and not tell me I’m stupid for trying to order something just because they would usually sell it in 10kg bags and I was asking for half a ton. Honestly did he really think he was going to get my business after that? And the quote he gave me NOT including carriage was twice that of Valentines Clays which DID include carriage, and his was only to come from Dumfries. Me thinks he was trying to pull a fast one hoping that the silly woman on the end of the phone would fall for it. Sometimes it makes me so mad! As for the bank and the money that wandered off in between coming out of a galleries account back in August and not ever finding it’s way into my account so far well don’t get me started.