132…Dealing with a disaster

by frances doherty on January 19, 2015

I arrived back in France raring to get going in the studio, but I was met with an awful sight.

A horrible sight

A horrible sight

My shelving system had pulled out of the wall and not a single thing was left unbroken. This was about two months work and was drying out ready for the first of the spring shows. But what can you do when something like this happens? Well, there was no point crying…in fact there wasn’t time for that and we got straight into separating out the fired and the unfired clay so that I could at least reclaim some of it.

reclaim

reclaim

I ended up with five buckets of it which is a lot of wedging….but better than throwing it away. I’ve had to be very careful while doing this as it’s full of bits of broken glass, plastic and other stuff that I can’t identify. My partner spent a very long day fixing the shelves back up,

New shelves

New shelves

and by the end of the next day they were all back in position, with additional uprights for strength…..I won’t be making that mistake again. So now I just have to work like a mad thing to try and catch up with the work that I lost. While H was fixing the shelves I was busy throwing forms and by the end of the day had a windowsill of work drying out.

a sunny day

a sunny day

Thank goodness for a sunny day. I gave myself a quantity of work that I wanted to get done in a week….and by doing early mornings, late nights and weekends….I managed to make that amount…and a couple more. It’s amazing what you can do when you have to. I’ve been concentrating on my new Clematis centres,

Avant Garde

Avant Garde

Crystal Fountain

Crystal Fountain

and the new tall Hollyhocks.

white and red Hollyhock

white and red Hollyhock

so by the end of the week, the shelves were starting to look less empty,

wall plates

wall plates

New Hollyhocks

New Hollyhocks

and now I have to keep my fingers crossed for some drying weather……and no more accidents!

After the Charlie Hebdo affair, the police and security forces are very jittery, understandably. Even in Dieppe they are there every day at the moment,

meeting the train

meeting the train

waiting for the trains to come in, and checking on who is getting off. They are kept busy these days between the port and the train station.

So now off the computer and…..back to the wheel!

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