It’s not often I get attached to things I make, but I’m feeling slightly sad to see this piece go! I really enjoyed the technical challenge of making the ‘shell’. It took quite a lot of attempts to get the proportions of the spiral correct and I had to work with the clay when it was quite hard so the shell didn’t collapse (as it’s totally hollow and made from lots of coils). It was also quite difficult attaching the ‘tendrils’ so they remained vertical and didn’t flop. I hope the new owner enjoys looking at it as much as I enjoyed making it!
Today, whilst stewarding at Durlston Country Park Gallery (an amazing exhibition space perched close to a cliff edge near Swanage) an elderly lady who was blind enjoyed holding one of my larger sculptures (photo above). She spent a long time running her fingers over the surface, feeling the different shapes and textures. I felt so pleased that the sculpture could be enjoyed by someone for it’s tactile quality and not just the aesthetic. This was a very proud and emotional moment for me.
Phew! It seems people actually like my new work… I’ve had so much positive feedback from people, it’s been quite overwhelming. We’re just 4 days into Purbeck Art Weeks and I’ve sold several pieces, which I’m really happy about. More importantly though, people are interested… They want to know how I’ve made the sculptures, sources of inspiration, what clay I’ve used and quite a few people have even asked if the they’ve been carved out of stone! I couldn’t have wished for a better response.
Only 2 more days until the Private Viewing and I’m starting to feel nervous… my new work is quite different to what I’ve done before and I’m worried that everyone’s going to think it’s rubbish! Is this how all artists/crafters feel about their work when it first appears in the eyes of the general public? Whilst I had made the decision that I wasn’t going to worry about sales (as I felt that stifled my creativity)… now I really hope that people are going to like my work enough to make a purchase! Hmm, have I made a terrible mistake?!
I spent a very blustery few hours down the beach today taking photos of my Ceramics. I struggled with work being blown over and getting sand blasted. However I was up against a deadline – ‘Dorset’ Magazine is running an article on my work and asked for a ‘nice’ picture of me – I’m not sure this one’s going to get used!!
After having my second child, I made the decision to take a couple of years off from launching a new collection of work. However, when I saw that the theme for Purbeck Art Weeks (our local arts festival) was ‘Out of the Depths’, which fitted perfectly with some ideas that had been bouncing around my head for a while, I decided to join in the fun!! With the front cover image competition deadline looming, I made a prototype to test out a new type of clay. Once fired, I took the finished sculpture down to my local beach in Swanage, Dorset. I took some photos and promptly entered the competition… And amazingly I won! The only problem is now I’m going to be spending every waking hour getting a new body of work together… not going to be easy with a toddler and a home-educated 10 year old to look after!!