Thursday, 4 February 2016

GarrettWare!!



I'm so behind on this blog, will catch up fully soon, but for now MY ONLINE POTTERY SHOP IS OPEN AND SELLING!!!

Yep, lovely new shiny, golden, rich, warm, honest Slipware, made by me.... finally! The new kiln and new glaze work wonderfully together. I'm off and running. More to come, but get yourself over to GarrettWare and grab yourself a piece of sgraffito slipware pottery while it's still there!




Friday, 4 December 2015

Shortlisted...Again!!



Just found out that the third book in this series has been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award again. Congratulations Andy and Bloomsbury.... and Me!

I shall be posting more info and images soon.

Hooray!

(can we really win it twice? the odds are good for the other two i would say... but the kids decide!)


Thursday, 26 November 2015

More Music


Seems like i only share music on the blog these days! Enjoying this recent Chastity Belt album though.  Time to Go Home, highly recommended!






Thursday, 19 November 2015

More Music - Daniel Knox


Been listening so much to this newest Daniel Knox record. I love the playing on it and i love his voice.


High Point Drive is my highlight, that's not to say it will be yours.






Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Israel Nash


This is a fabulous little session by Israel Nash and his band for KEXP radio in Seattle. I've listened to Israel a lot lately, Rain Plan is a particular favourite of mine (...of course i like Neil Young! ;-)

Full session.



Just Rain Plan.



Monday, 9 November 2015

Look What's Coming!!



Yep, over four years after buying my first clay ands lots of failures later I'm getting a new kiln, this Rohde Ecotop. My parents have been amazingly generous, i don't think they could bare to watch me struggle anymore!! Thanks Mum and Dad!

I'm very excited to, hopefully, rule the kiln out of my list of possible problems. I've also been incredibly fortunate to have been given generous support from the amazing Doug Fitch and Hannah McAndrew... Fitch! Bless them both. Hopefully i will have a much improved glaze recipe. This should narrow it down to the slip and clay body. I have things to try first with the slip, hopefully that's where my issue lies. Ball clay shrinks more than earthenware clay. If i can get that fit right, then i think i'll be nearly there, in terms of pot finish. Then i just need to focus on making constantly better pots.

It's also been good to have the support of some great Hastings pottery folk now. Thanks Vanessa, Alastair and Judith! I've spoken with the lovely Judith Rowe about a few things slipware related, so hopefully we'll get back to some of them in the future. I shall be posting a few more musical items for her over the coming months too, now that she drops in on this blog. "Hi Judith!"
... and thanks to Matt Grimmitt, at Winchcombe Pottery, for always being there to support me and introducing me to Judith. You need people and support, no matter how much you'd like to figure it all out yourself. I feel very lucky now to have it.

I also had a chat with the wonderful guy in the Old Hastings Pottery (Hasting's Courthouse Street). Don't know his name, sorry about that, i shall ask next time. He lost his lovely wife to cancer last Christmas and has been soldiering on keeping it all going on his own ever since. He always has a smile on his face and time for me. He's happy to chat about slipware and shivering problems! He had a good tip that i'm going to try to see if it helps my slip fit the pot better. I love that little pottery shop, it's a very honest and pure little space. I'd love a little workshop/shop like that one day! If you live in Hastings/St Leonards please support him and his business. Perfect for some Christmas gifts!
I'll have to get some photos and info, there's so little info on it online. I'd better change that and do my bit for it!

Speaking of which.... I've been so happy with how the sale of my pots has gone in my online shop, but there are still a few pieces left!.... just in case you needed some ideas for Christmas presents!!
A big thank you to all those beautiful people who bought one of my pieces. Thank You!

Now i just need that kiln delivered. Christmas is coming early this year!



Monday, 2 November 2015

Halloween Shenanigans!


Been absent from this blog for a while, I'm pretty much just doing Instagram as @garrettworld.
Anyway here are a few pics of this years Halloween outfits for the family.

Cheap basket mask!
The full outfit based on those fabulous folk costumes.


Jakki with our good pal Marky, wish i'd got a better pic of these zombie park rangers!