Mad March!

(I just opened my WP app to write a new blog post, summarising April, and discovered that I hadn’t actually published the March post! I suspect I might have saved it to add photos in, but I’ll come back and put them in later. So I’m publishing now with the original date and will get April up shortly, and then REALLY try to be a better blogger in the future!). Kath, 30/04/13

Here we are with another ‘catch up’ post, since March has been a bit of a busy month for us.

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First up was a week off, which doesn’t sound like hard work, but we were entertaining family from the US and toured round half of Scotland in a few short days. Not much time for relaxing but everyone had a lovely time and we can now add another THREE distillery tours to our life experiences. We did manage to use these visits to do lots of research (no, honestly) for future ceramic projects and we have lots of beautiful scenic photos that will become the inspiration for some wall-hanging plaques at some time.

In actual pottery news, we started off the month with the Little Birds Market on Mothering Sunday. Which would have been lovely, but for the freak snow-storm blizzard that morning that kept all but the hardiest souls at home! We did see some old friends though, and got a chance to wave off my nephew before he returned to Australia to live. And, of course, we took advantage of the mini-massages and mini-manicures that were available on the day for a very reasonable fee.

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We had my sister sharing our table with her lovely hand-made fabric flowers, which set off our pots and tiles beautifully. You’ll see her at future markets with her own table soon hopefully.

In the middle of the month, we joined around 100-odd other potters from all over Scotland at the Scottish Potters’ Association annual workshop weekend and AGM at the Kindrogan Field Centre, near Pitlochry. We caught up with a few old friends and made lots of new friends over the weekend.

The guest artists were Nic Collins, who is known for throwing really large pots and wood firing, Susan O’Byrne who makes the most wonderful animal sculptures in porcelain paper clay and Sasha Wardell who works in Bone China using a number of really interesting decoration techniques.

Between us, we spent most of the weekend between Susan and Sasha’s workshops, and it was great to see two very different ways of work, both achieving equally wonderful decorative finishes.

It was only on Sunday afternoon, at the last workshop of the weekend, that it dawned on me to use the video camera on my phone, and Sasha was very generous in allowing me to film some of her demonstration in two of her techniques; Water Etching and Layering/Slicing. I’ve so far managed to upload the Water Etching demonstration, and will try to get the layering/Slicing film up soon, so stay tuned.

We rounded the month off with another market, at the Pop up shop event organised by the Park Gallery in Callendar House, Falkirk. This is such a beautiful big old house, with lots of local and Scottish History information within its walls, that we’re planning another visit soon so we can actually do the tour and see some of it!

Mo did manage to play hookey for a couple of hours to attend a workshop by artist Olivia Brown, whose installation “Reggie’s Roller Palace” is featured at the Park Gallery. The whole gallery is transformed into a roller rink of the most charming wee dogs on wheels, complete with audience and judging panel and vintage ‘advertising’. It’s on till 21st April, so there’s still time to get along and see it.

During the workshop, Mo made her own ‘wee dug’ and we’re just waiting on him drying out and being fired before we can bring him home. There is a photo, but it’s REALLY blurry, so we won’t post it. But he IS a cutie! I want to call him George. We’re still discussing the matter.

And that’s it for March. More to come in April and beyond, and I’ll try to update more than once in the month!

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