20 in 15 – The Lives of Artists

Photographer Bill Mudge came round today for tea and cake and to show me the mockup and layouts for his new photobook 20 in 15 – The Lives of Artists. It’s looking great! He has spent the last year photographing twenty very different creative people and organisations, including me in my studio. One of the best bits of the project has been getting to know Bill and his lovely family over the last year. His photography is quiet, reflective, imaginative and precise – much like Bill himself. The costs of designing, printing and publishing the book are being crowdfunded through Kickstarter. At the time of writing the campaign is nearly 60% funded and not quite halfway to the finish date. It’s doing well and just needs a final shove to the line. Please share or pledge if it sounds interesting to you.

Whether or not the book gets funded, there will definitely be an exhibition of the project in March at the Mine Gallery in Carshalton (5th to 27th March). As well as the photos, each of the artists are also contributing their works to exhibit. 

More Tea and Biscuits

Here’s a few mugs and jugs that we’ve collected over the last few years at Ceramic Art London …

The two in the front are by James and Tilla Waters. I’m now lusting after one of their teapots to match the mug at the front. Had to be sensible though so we’re saving up for the teapot and went for a Derek Wilson mug instead this year (back left). The milk jug is also by Derek.

Tea and biscuits with Rye Pottery

Recently I was very fortunate to be invited for tea and biscuits with Connie and David Beighton, to have a look at their extraordinary home full of Rye Pottery. Having bought one of my pieces at the Mine Gallery in Carshalton, they thought it very similar to some Rye Pottery in their collection. They got in touch and I discovered a whole new world of pottery! Here are some photos from my visit …

The pot at the back on the left is mine, the rest are Rye Pottery. Mine is carved porcelain through slip, the Rye is stoneware clay slipped and carved as well but with a drip of white glaze in each cut.