Category Archives: New work

Waterperry Gallery

Exhibition poster for” Birds Beasts and Flowers” at Waterperry Gallery

Our exhibition continues at the Art in Action Gallery at Waterperry House. This weekend to coincide with Celebrating Ceramics, we will be demonstrating by the gallery. Come along and say hello. Celebrating Ceramics is a Craft in Focus/ Waterperry collaboration and there are some amazing ceramic artists taking part as well as demonstrations and talks.

On Friday July 19th, we will be demonstrating our handbuilding method. Everything starts with a wheelthrown enclosed shape and the animal evolves from that. Each piece is completely unique and mainly Raku fired.

stopcock raku chicken

Saturday July 20th we are planning to demonstrate the technique of Obvara. (weather permitting)It is a firing process similar to Raku. The results are unpredictable and fun.

Obvara pots

Affordable Art Fair Battersea

We are off to Battersea this week. Exhibiting with the Doorway Gallery on stand F2. The show runs from Wednesday evening to Sunday. We are delivering tomorrow and will go back up to be sociable on Thursday.

We love going up to catch up with Denise from the gallery. Hopefully we’ll see a few other friends along the way.

New work going up is our Steampunk range!!

Obvara owl Steampunk on antique garden sprayer

Waterside Tile picture

I did a Summer project with a group of people with a range of disabilities. We made a tile picture to represent where they live and their interests and creativity. I am always impressed by the imagination and thought they put in to their work.

The challenge for me was to fix everything to a backing, grout it and frame it.

The completed tile picture for Waterside

New work

I guess everyone who makes things is looking for new ideas.   We certainly are always trying to push forwards with what we make. This is partly to keep the brains and creative impulse challenged, but, admittedly, partly due to both having a low boredom threshhold.

Sometimes it is something completely different. Often, it is using something that we do already, and taking off in a slightly new direction with it.

Richard has a serious ebay and car boot sale habit – which brings up interesting objects that need to be incorporated somehow………………….

steampunk chickens on antique garden sprayer and wood

After a clear out of the attic, I had a few interesting objects, too.

‘Hooter on a hooter’ Owl on antique brass car horn and wood

Tessa and Nigel’s Wedding

I had a delightful commission before Christmas. Close friends Tessa and Nigel got married in January 2018 and I was asked to make something for the table decorations. The colour scheme was white and navy.

Tessa and I put our heads together and came up with hearts impressed with lace that could be tied around the napkins with some blue ribbon.

Here’s one in the wedding photographs……

porcelain heart with lace imprint for wedding napkins. photography

Bucks Open Studios with Roger Longdin and Richard Ballantyne

Bucks Open Studios starts on June 10th and runs until June 25th. We’ll be opening the doors at beautiful Broomfield Farm, Rignall Road, Great Missenden, HP16 9PE at 10.30 on that Saturday.  Roger will be showing new and old favourites from his amazing landscape photography.  Richard and I will be bringing Raku animals with quirky character, thrown functional pottery, and sculpture.

We are open on June 10th,11th,16th,17th,18th from 10.30-5.30. It is the tenth year that Roger and I have taken part in Bucks Open Studios- seems hard to believe. So, it will be a bit of a celebration. We are thinking of taking a break next year, so possibly a farewell, too.

Near us in Rignall Road are Wendy Johnson and friends in Broomfield Hill and Fin Orrom Carr at Rignall Lodge.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

female figure on wood, approx 75cm


small porcelain bowls with glass, approx 6cm diameter.

Agate thrown porcelain bowls, various sizes.

Summer events

We have got to that busy time of year. Exhibitions  currently taking place are at the Odney Club in Cookham – Sculpture in the Garden. It is organised by Lucy Irvine of the Barn Galleries. See previous post for dates and times. We have several pieces on display around the garden. It is an amazing space with some gorgeous sculptures on display.

New figurative work. Stoneware clay, glazes, oxides and stains. Approx 50cm high.

The Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead is on this weekend- May 11-14.  See the Doorway Gallery stand at H2.  We are also massively excited to be heading to Dublin in August to exhibit at the Doorway Gallery. Heidi Wickham will be showing her paintings at the same time.

Bucks Open Studios is fast approaching. It starts on June 10th. We will be exhibiting at Roger’s lovely studio in Great Missenden. It is the 10th year that Roger and I have done Bucks Open Studios together and feels a bit of a landmark. I think we may be taking a break next year. We will be open on June 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th and 18th. Richard and I also have work at Obsidian Art and Claydon House. It is also a year since I stopped nursing to do the ceramics full time. It has been such an amazing year and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to follow a dream.

Agate ware bowls, porcelain and porcelain with cobalt oxide.

New year events

Here we are in February already. There are various projects on the go. It has been so cold, it takes a big effort to get out to the studio.

the view from the studio

the view from the studio

Events coming in the next couple of months.

February 16-22nd. Prince and Pilgrim pop up gallery  32, Seymour Place, Marylebone.

March 8th-12th  Affordable Art Fair, Battersea with Doorway Gallery.

March 18-19th. Art on the Hill, Brill

March 27-April 15th  Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted.

Figure in progress

This figure is part way through being made. I am thinking of adding a head or face………


We have been working hard to get things made for all the up coming events.

A strange commission. Dung beetle

A strange commission. This is a dung beetle with its dung ball. It was interesting to work out the construction.




A day of glazing and firing, glazing and firing. Crazy effort to keep up the work for our best selling galleries ready for -dare I say it- Christmas and Edinburgh Art Fair.

glazed work ready for the kiln.

glazed work ready for the kiln.

The brilliant sunny days have helped, although it is now back to thermals!!

kiln just opened at 1000 degrees

kiln just opened at 1000 degrees

Fired Ace pigs now into the sawdust bin. They will be covered in sawdust and left for 30 minutes.

Fired Ace pigs now into the sawdust bin. They will be covered in sawdust and left for 30 minutes.

Obvara Firing

Obvara Firing is an Eastern European technique. The bisque fired pots are fired  in a Raku kiln. As they are removed they are dipped in  mixture of flour, yeast, sugar and water and then plunged in to water to stop the changes. The longer the pot stays in the flour mixture, the darker the effect. It is a rapid process, so literally seconds in the mixture makes the changes.

Obvara technique

Obvara technique

The pots work well if they are burnished at the leatherhard stage. They also work well with texture on the outside as the colours of the technique really highlight the marks.

The recipe ( if you can call it that) is: 2.2 lb of flour/ 1-2 packets of yeast/ 1tbsp sugar/ 2.6 gallons of water. Mix together 2-3 days before use to allow to ferment.

Warning: it is quite smelly and if you are transporting the mixture put the pot in a plastic bag to protect the car! If you look up Baltic Raku or Obvara Raku on the internet you will find videos and other examples of the firing technique.

detail of obvara fired pot

detail of obvara fired pot