I had a fantastic week away, I learned a completely different way of working with clay with Marie Prett, and I'm looking forward to developing some of the techniques over the coming weeks. I was amazed at the number of pieces that I managed to make during the class, just goes to show what can be acheived when you have no distractions!!!
Some of these pieces will provide the inspiration for more brooches, and I have other projects in mind too........
It was great to see Marie work, and to meet "Pluto" her miniature English Bull Terrier and part time muse. Mr Dottie has promised to take a day trip to Marie's gallery with me, so that we can select one of her pieces to bring home :0)
I shut my Etsy Shop while I was away, but since I re-opened two items have been included in treasuries;
We popped to town today, to check out the exhibitions at The Minories, and Firstsite. It's lovely to have these spaces "on the doorstep".
Firstsite is an absolutely beautiful space, and we always stay for a drink and a bite to eat in the lovely cafe. I can't say that I enjoyed the current exhibition though.....just not my thing.
The Minories was much more interesting today, with 3 exhibitions running, Potentiates, Colchester and Tendring Open Studios Taster Exhibition, and 'Art for Colchester; The 20th century collecting practices of the Victor Batte-Lay Trust'.
Lots of varied pieces, sculpture, prints, painting drawing and costume, a great feast for the eyes!