22 Aug 11

Handmade in Italy

Last week I was away spending some time off with my family in sunny Italy! Did you miss me? It was the first time I’d ever been to Italy and somehow I think it won’t be my last.

We visited the beautiful and historic city of Rome before traveling down to Naples and the site of Pompeii.

I’ve always found ancient pottery to be quite fascinating and there was plenty dug out from the rubble of Pompeii. I’d never visited a ruined city before that felt like it was still a real bustling place with it’s distinctive deep streets and tourists peering into shops and homes.

I found these pointed carriers quite fascinating and when I asked about their unusual shape apparently they were made this way to fit inside a wooden frame and stored inside the ship’s cargo hold to make them easier to transport. It was amazing to see such a variety of bottle shapes, handles and bottle necks!
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15 Jun 11

Let me show you my stash

A few months back I posted that I’d made a start on knitting Beatnik, well I’m still going with it but I’d like to share some hanks of yarn that make up my knitting stash.

Whenever I go somewhere I try and pick up a few balls of local yarns, particularly if they’re from breeds of unusual sheep or have pretty colourways. The yarns here are all from Finland, unfortunately since I sometimes have that impulse buy instinct when it comes to yarn I haven’t quite found the right patterns for these yet. I’d love to read your suggestions for me if you know any great patterns.
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19 Apr 11

Do something amazing everyday

I don’t usually use this blog as a platform for self expression but I wanted to take a few moments out to talk about something thats been on my mind recently.

It’s easy sometimes to sit back and think that your life isn’t really very remarkable, the day to day living often gets in the way of what makes your life so amazing. From picking up apples in the greengrocers to brushing your teeth every morning its that routine that makes us so complacent.
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15 Mar 11

The Leach Pottery, St Ives

You might have noticed that last week there was no blog post because I was away living it up in St Ives.

Cornwall is famous for scrumpy cider, pasties, fish and chips, long stretches of beautiful coastline and if your a potter its a mecca thanks to Bernard Leach. Who set up a pottery with Shoji Hamada in 1920, ever since its attracted other potters and artists to its golden shores.

I was there for four days to do some throwing and learn some new techniques. It was great to meet the Leach Pottery gang – Peter, Ella, Gordon, Kat and Midori.

It was really quite an inspiring trip for me that’s made me realise perhaps my throwing isn’t so bad! Probably the best thing I took away from the tuition was how to make plates.
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