137…Sunsets at sea and a smokey arrival

by frances doherty on April 14, 2015

The last two weeks I have been working with a student in France and finishing off the last pieces for show in the Brighton festival. Now there is only time to squeeze in 5 more firings and hope that nothing goes wrong along the way.

Amanda my student was back for a second time. She had come previously whilst doing her MDes at Brighton Uni….and now she has graduated and is getting ready to set up her own studio. She is keen to be able to throw on the wheel and to that end I helped her to make some large pieces.

Amanda's pots

Amanda’s pots

These two lovely pots will be staying here for me to glaze, then use in my kitchen. One of them is for fermenting and the other one will be somewhere to keep my leeks and celery which always clutter up my kitchen.

We also spent a day making more clay sketches, and for this I had to throw lots of little pots first ‘off the hump’

off the hump

off the hump

This is where you centre a large piece of clay on the wheel, then throw small pieces off the top. The next day I tidied them up then spent the rest of the day playing around with different forms.

clay sketches

clay sketches

I will be showing a selection of these during my Open House in the Brighton festival. Mainly though they are designed to be offered as pledges on my Patreon site. If you’de like to see what this is about follow this link over to     www.patreon.com/ceramicgardener      and check out my little video.

Coming in to Dieppe by train last week we had what I though was an incident on the train. We had just gone through the tunnel just outside of the town when the driver started hooting the horn, and kept on doing it. Then there were a series of flashes and bangs, and shortly afterwards smoke ran up the outside of the train and soon filled it too. I thought the train was having a series of electrical failures or something like that and then as we pulled into the station there was a series of flares allight all along the side of the track. Turns out the driver was retiring and this was the way they were celebrating that fact. Can you imagine this in a busy station in England!

smoky station

smoky station

Getting off the train was like being an extra in the Railway Children.

Arriving back at the station today I was startled to hear a helicopter coming down very low. Then it landed on the roof of the hospital at the back of the station. A lift came up and someone was bundled off, down into the building.

helicopter on the roof

helicopter on the roof

All this excitement at Dieppe station……doesn’t happen very often.

I get some of the most lovely sunsets from my house in Normandy as I am facing across a valley towards the west.These I regularly post on Instagram (see link below). Now that the days are getting longer though, there are some beautiful sunsets out at sea when I am travelling back and forth on the ferry.

sunset at sea

sunset at sea

Just glorious!

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