Well… since Crafty Beggars has well and truly plunged me back into the world of crafts and creativity I recently made it my business to revisit some of my finest moments from years back. As ‘Potteries born and bred’ I did ceramics at school for O and A Level and am pleased that my mum saw fit to keep some of my best efforts! I departed London, hit the road northbound and some 3 hours later arrived in Stoke-on-Trent and ultimately through the doors of my family home – the mothership!
I had actually gone primarily to do some work for The Evening Sentinel ‘Our Heroes’ awards (The Sentinel being our local newspaper) but took the opportunity to photograph some of my old work – which brought back wonderful memories of Mr Lowe and Mrs Harding (the pottery teachers at St Dominic’s in Stoke) and of my very happiest times at school.
This is large and heavy– measuring 18”h x 14”w – and thus never moves from this window ledge. I didn’t make the dragon in the picture but he is a great addition to the ‘fairy castle’ idea.
This has survived the last 32 years rather well – the tip looks like it has been glued back on at some point however!
Obviously this is a VERY early piece – and at some 40 years old I guess it’s not too surprising the fairy has lost both her arms! Nevertheless my mum kept her, as a proud mum would do! I can see now it was only biscuit fired (unglazed) so it’s a surprise it’s survived at all.
I took photos of a few more bits of pottery and also some examples of my early efforts at sewing… it’s amazing the array of things my mum has kept from all those years ago! I will share them with you in the next post. Until then…