This was the first time we had organised our own Open House venue.
The Hard Work is over, everything is tidied up and put away, and the house is back to normal. A big thankyou to all the artists who supported us in our toe in the water venture into Open House land. We had a good time, and many interesting chats with visitors. Also 2 picnics and a great barbecue,- many thanks to Oli, the maestro of the charcoal assisted delights.
Current feeling is we might just do it again next year.
If there are chocolate brownies again!
And a sneaky Tampopo reference
We are looking tidier than usual.
These are Juliet’s paperweights, with their delicate patterns:-
We spent the better part of yesterday tidying up, dusting, hoovering and assembling shelving. Everything is in position, and nicely lit. Unfortunately, we have had rain this morning, but look on the bright side, at least it’s not snowing. Our first visitor was a man from across the road who is setting up a communal garden. Our second was 2 as this new dad was taking his firstborn for a walk, cosy in a sling. We have sampled Danae’s cakes, (we felt we had an obligation to do this) and they are as lovely as they look to be.
The cup cakes are strawberry flavour, the pansy cake is lemon. Both are vegan, moist and delicious. Many thanks, Danae
And here are Lucy’s buttons and bags
The button designs are taken from Lucy Ward’s intermittent blog” Every cup of tea I ever had”
The bowl was made using small circles of porcelain, fixed with slip. The white and blue pots are pinch pots. The other two have a resist design of bare tree branches sketched on a walk in Bristol.
This jug was made using a soft slab technique, and clay stamps and rollers to give the texture to the surface.
The stamps have been very useful in creating texture, for example, this porcelain candle holder. The surface was embossed with a set of leaf shapes.
Original chrysede fabric
White earthenware tiles with slip resist using elements of the pattern. Parts of the original design were sketched, then paper cutout patterns were applied to the rolled, cut, raw clay tiles, and 2 coats of pale blue slip were applied. The biscuited tiles were glazed with a gloss transparent glaze . And below we have used the tiles in our bathroom in Zennor. The original pattern was designed by Alec Walker, and block printed by hand, in the 1920s and 30s, at Newlyn.
Helen Ward has a long history of creativity with fabric. She has made some dolls to inhabit our exhibition along with Michael Ward’s linocuts, and Rosemary Clark’s watercolour prints.
Recent work is stoneware serving dishes and small bowls, and individual cake stands, as part of a project for Danae, who makes exceptional cakes.
And the cakes, an art form in a category of their own!!