Gerry Grant

Gerry Grant
On The Wheel

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Eternally optimistic!


     We don't know if we are being optimistic, but we took delivery of a tonne of clay today. With rumours   of the Lockdown continuing until Easter we're facing the dilema of whether we carry on making stock in the hope that the shops we supply will be ordering. 

      The problem is that we make a lot of pots for the tourist sites in Britain, places like Jorvik Viking Centre, Durham Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral, Mary Kings Close, Visit York and so on... If they foresee themselves not getting visitors this year then they won't be ordering.

      Everyhting is reliant on the vaccines.......

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

House and Garden


 Our pots have featured in the February edition of House and Garden. That's the two pit fired pots on the top shelf with the teasels in one of them.


The article was called "Throwing Shapes" and was written by Ruth Sleightholme who was investigating ceramics handmade by independent studio potters based all over Britain.

Monday, 18 January 2021

Loves, Laughs and Life!

We have been so privilidged to have been asked to look after our grandchildren this week- aged 2 and 6, due to heavy work comitments from their parents. It has been great fun and we have enjoyed every moment of it - even the couple of restless nights.

We had to do some home learning, but also squeezed in some clay work, playing at the park, some woodwork - making a catapult, making some linkages, drumming, dancing, and go-carting in an old hand made go cart! There was also time for baking, playing games and long bath times - weren't we lucky?









Saturday, 9 January 2021

Another big lockdown...

 Last time when it was a total lockdown we did a lot of decorating - both in the pottery, outside the pottery, and in and outside the house. This time while we are deciding what to do, we borrowed a jigsaw from the jigsaw exchange in the telephone box in our village.

It was a map of the world and fascinating to do. There are so many small islands in the world - I suppose a lot of them are really threatened with rising sea levels.....

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

 We are so lucky up here in Yorkshire to live not far from  what must be the best sculpture Park in Britain.

It is the leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture, set within the 500-acre, 18th-century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire.

Founded in 1977, the Park was the first sculpture park in the UK, and is the largest of its kind in Europe, providing the only place in Europe to see Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man in its entirety alongside a significant collection of sculpture, including bronzes by Henry Moore- in fact the largest collection of his outside sculptures in Europe.

Because it is an outdoor area for exercise, you can still go and visit it, which we did yesterday. There are always new sculptures to see and new exhbitions taking place. 

 

 

At the moment the Park is showing work by Joana Vasconcelos - a femalePortuguese artist, and Damian Hirst. Joana tends to use familiar everyday objects and puts them together to make her large sculptures. 

Here is an ring she has made using the inside of car wheels and whisky glasses.





These are two of Damian Hirst's sculptures. The pregnant lady is 11 metres high and has been cut away to reveal the insides!

Both sets of sculptures are made of bronze, then coated with paint and plastics to conceal the fact.


Monday, 4 January 2021

Signs of Spring?

 

Winter aconites...by Roy Long - Eggleston Hall Gardens Journal 

Today we went on a walk "around the block" - that's down the road towards Wilberfoss, turning left down to Fangfoss Grange Farm, following the path round to Spittal and then back home again.

Signs of Spring are already there and we saw evidence of daffodils peeping out of the soil, but some of the aconites were already in flower. It's a lovely sight to see....

Sunday, 3 January 2021

The Red Collection

 


Over the last couple of years we have made a lot of "red" pots. These pots should have turned out green. They have been put in a part of the kiln where there was little oxygen, resulting in a reduction atmosphere. This has turned the copper into red. We didn't want them to come out this colour.....

Most of the pots are a "one off", so we have decided to take them all to Art and Soul in Beverley and sell them there at half price.


This half price sale will start tomorrow!!

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Before and After

 The pottery is always in a mess in the aftermath of Christmas. It becomes a dumping ground for wrapping paper and selloptape, bags, presents to be put away, hiking gear etc.

These are pictures before and after tidying up and being able to use the rooms again.