163…Storms and winds means lots of new pots

by frances doherty on March 2, 2017

This is a tough old time of year over here. Living in an old french house run totally on wood fired heating means an endless cycle of wood chopping, stacking, drying, then keeping the stoves going to maintain some warmth in the house. Everyone loves a woodburning stove but it’s less romantic when you rely on it. Still, a long break over christmas makes the winter feel shorter and now we’re in March and the Brighton festival looms large.

Helping me in the studio this month is a lovely lady from Argentina called Flor,

Flor

Flor

and her first job was to start rolling out the first of hundreds of little coils. I use them in most of my sculptures in one form or another, and they’re not as easy to roll out perfectly as you might think. However by day two, and several scores of coils later, it was becoming easier. Flor is changing from a career in graphic design and needs to know about workshop practice as well as boning up on her technical skills.

The stormy weather has kept us working hard in the studio. I’ve been playing around with lots of little sketches,

Turkey Oak

Turkey Oak

Red cactus flower

Red cactus flower

and from these have come up with some new ideas for full size sculptures, some of which are in the damp cupboard slowly drying out.

damp cupboard filling up

damp cupboard filling up.

Getting ready for the new season I’ve been experimenting with different coloured frames for my wallpieces.

Red crystal fountain

Red crystal fountain

It’s always tricky when you start to use coloured frames, but sometimes white frames don’t suit the wallpiece inside. I rather like this grey…it’s called London rain haha, and it throws the sculture forward and gives better contrast.

The stormy weather over the last few weeks has hit the local area hard. Tiles are off everywhere, and we’ve had our scaffold tower up twice already replacing tiles. It needs to go up again as another two have been blown off in last weekends gales. We’ve also got some trees down in the garden,

tree down

tree down

But at least they’ve missed the house, and will give us firewood for next winter. Still, we’ve had a lovely show of snowdrops this year and the daffs are all coming out.

a bank of snowdrops

a bank of snowdrops

Once these gales stop…it’ll feel like spring is really here!

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