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Wrapping, packing and pondering

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Raw raku bowl and plate


Time to move on again ... off to the southern side of the world in a few days with a brief stop home to say hello to family and friends, set up another temporary studio space, restock dwindling ceramic supplies and create some new pieces (inspired by what's come out of the old kitchen studio). I would once have said "impossible!" to the idea that one can make on the move but happily it has been possible - an adequate amount of time, a bit of space, the most basic of materials and equipment, a simplified approach and the willingness to focus and surpass the "it's all too hard" hurdle. Oh so proud of myself, she jests!! 



Cream raku bowl and plate


Not that it has been easy and not that great things have emerged from it all (not that I expected either ease or greatness!). And not that you want to know all about the artist's and the ego's struggles I'm sure! For me, the success of the adventure comes from having managed to create…

Inside the studio

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I am back in the new old studio in Sardinia after a month away - an unexpected jaunt responding to an invitation to join my elderly mother whose indominatable spirit brought her 20,000 km to see Europe one last time (she says). It made me think about how far away I am too - a long way from home, family, the studio and everything familiar. And about doing what you want to do. It's been a challenge to up and leave home and since arriving in Sardinia I made sure I found a way to continue art-making at least for a sense of continuity and to stay grounded. It's all very lovely to travel around and see things but there is nothing like getting lost in a creative space to feel completely satisfied. 
I've enjoyed my time in the old kitchen studio immensely, experimenting with new clays, facing challenges and at times wanting to give up (hard when you don't have the proper tools, the space is restricted, you are regularly interrupted by curious relatives - you are a curiosity aft…