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October 2013

The first overnight frosts and still glorious warm sunny days. In many ways a favourite month. October shares that first respite from an often long and crucially hot summer.

October also welcomes a new pottery course from Mayfield St Leonard’s Girls. now in it’s second year, myself. Art head Tim Rees Moorlah and Yolander Mc Fadayen form a team of nine including six girls. This year their work was stunning.

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July 2013 – … and on to England

Art in Clay 3, 4 and 5 July at Hatfield House. Art in Action 17, 18, 19 and 20 July, Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire.

I brought my kilns over this time and at both events demonstrated the techniques I  developed while working at Pinewood Studios.  I showed glazing and decorating techniques, while Woody helped me handle the vast kiln and reduction sleeve. Thank you to Sherrie Moran, Rachel Webb and to all those Art in Action volunteers.

Woody in splendid battle dress. Overcoming public speaking. Miked up, talking to our audience. It’s a lot easier talking when you know something of your subject.

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June 2013 – So to France…

Felt more like re-entering the earth’s atmosphere than teaching on a ceramics course. Little had I realised quite how isolated I had become in Portugal. Not unhappy mind, in fact perfectly inspired. Just missing human contact and chatting and laughing in English. The delights of French cuisine and culture. Thank you Florence.

Most importantly though, thanks to Dennis and Steve for their tireless kindness and generosity My job to teach and inspire seemed the easier option to the general demands of playing mein host to large groups of people.

For more information on our courses, go to my Course page on my website and also visit

Images courtesy of Eugene Radvenis


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May 2013 – Smile & Wave

Finally, and with great pleasure, Smile & Wave is launched.

Special thanks go to Castelo de Vide town council. Daniel Carreiras, Antonio Manso and Ana, to name only a few. The exhibition owes its success to the generosity of all those involved. Thank you “Superbock” for sponsoring the event and keeping us and our guests refreshed during the private view. Do visit the Castelo de Vide website