Friday, 30 April 2010

Do you

know what it is yet?

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

There be dragons!

Take one large dumped gas bottle. Remove excess. Add galvanised pipes. Add more galvanised pipes...

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Lady Bay Project

I have joined forces with the Lady Bay Scout Group to create something for the Lady Bay Festival. I have also been joined by Barbara - who works with recycled glass. Following some workshops and drawings by the group the theme of dragons gave out very strongly. So we have started work on a recycled steel dragon, with glass features.
Today my studio will be visited by the first small group of cubs. So before then I will need to have tidied up, made some room so they can get in and cut the dragons body. But first I have deliveries and collection to make. 

Thursday, 22 April 2010


I've just been told I had made it through the selection round for Nottingham Creative - A craft mentoring/training/helping boot project run by the council - and have to take some work along to the interview stage. Watch this space for updates!
Don't hold your breath. It's a few weeks away.

Little dragon

Finished a pair of little dragons. They stand about 30cm tall and 30cm long.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

mini dragon

End of a odd week. Started with the BCTF, then following up a few leads - some from the BCTF, but the most promising came from a chat with a nice British Waterways guy who helped me with wheel hubs!
Most of the week I have a good reason for not creating much, but I have managed to make a few more little flowers and almost finished a mini version of my dragon. You'll have to wait til I finish for the picture. Monday is delivery day, but if things good well I'll drop by the  studio. If for no other reason I will need to bank a cheque. 

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

British Craft Trade Fair

Back home and with a good nights sleep behind me. Good event, better than last year. A positive feel around the stands with lots creative work on show. I had the chance to meet Duncan Thurlby - our work shares a few galleries - and he was the worthy winner of the WOW award.
Booked a larger stand for next year. I would like to bring a few large pieces and aim to pick up some exhibitions. Just need some ideas now...
I also came home with this wonderful squirrel. The work of Garry Jones, ceramics to make ewe smile.

Saturday, 10 April 2010


Arrived in Harrogate and now set up and ready for lots of orders. Some serious panicing as I crafted a tree, but never measured it, or the space in the van. However the eye is still good as it was spot on.
Second panic was the size of the stand. The tree is tall enough to arch over me, so it's quite tall. Last year the stands had supporting bars. Luckily not this year and the tree fits, and looks good.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

re-engineered shelving

As if by magic just under under 6 metres of scrap floorboards, 6 ex-extinguishers, 2 skip slavaged tie rods and 4 ex-farm bolts turn into this. Not the best photo in the world, but its not easy to leave an extra set of shelves around the house with them getting in the way...