Well it certainly feels like a spring day today, so perhaps we will get an arctic blast at the end of the month! I suppose there was some frost this morning too, so it could be,’in like a lion, out like a lamb’. The farmers aMugsround here, do say these things and in my experience, they are pretty acurate sayings.

Well after a reminder from my virtual PA, Rebecca Harvey at ‘let me organise you’, I’ve got round to putting finger to key. She really is an office angel, doing the things I hate or can’t get round to, like invoicing, organising my desktop, updating my website. Although I don’t feel the need to put new images on here all of the time, it’s good to put words down and save the freshly unseen work for galleries. I can really recommend a ‘when you need it’ PA like Rebecca.
I also have a studio assistant once a week or once a fortnight, again, it just reigns me in and cuts through that isolation a little (which I do love btw!) My lovely little Becky Frazer has left me for the bright lights of London which I am quite sad about but she has been replaced by the very helpful Amelia Kirk (jewellery maker). Both are ex students of mine. I do wish I could afford to have them more often, or find some kind of funding to help in that. There are so many creative graduates out there who can’t work in their chosen discipline once graduating, it seems such a shame.

I have been developing some work for industry which is very exciting and some should be hitting the high street this year, I’ll post up as soon as I know. The mugs and platter look great and of course it does mean that it becomes more affordable than gallery pieces for those on a tighter budget.

I visited Maison et Objet back in January, a Paris Tradefair, which was vast. The craft section was really excellent, spacious and was such a pleasure to walk around. The larger sections were more daunting, but I particularly liked the ethnic hall. Sharon Jervis, my good friend from Beefayre came along with a view to exhibiting there next year. We managed to hit the stands as the champagne corks began to pop at the end of the day, we have a nose for it!!
It’s a whole new world, the price of a trade fair stand at that level, makes other smaller event prices seem more doable. I’m still testing the water and developing work, so in no hurry for the larger events.

This week found me in Bradford on Avon, near to Bath. Sasha Wardell loaned me her whirler for two days. Check out Sasha’s wonderful bone china work. We actually have a few pieces here in Leicestershire at the White Street Gallery in Kibworth.
It was great to catch up, since we both taught at DMU, and also great not to be there, stressing over the politics of the place. Sasha has a studio over a mill, it’s huge, with amazing views and such a reasonable price. She was patient with my mess, and it was a really productive day.
Last time I needed a whirler I went to Ed Bentleys studio at the Manifold craft Barn in the Staffordshire peaks where I produced two lovely big press moulds. This time it was about catching up with a friend as well as working.

So with all the moulds dried and in my studio, I better get off and get making, lots of new shapes to play with, how exciting!!

Oh and one more thing, I am helping with a craft and food fair at Ashley Farm Shop in Northants on May 17th, should be a great day out, all locally made food and craft as well as painters. Hope you can make it.