Gerry Grant

Gerry Grant
On The Wheel

Thursday, 25 February 2021

What to do?

What to do?
Last year we had 17 house martin nests all around our house - they are still there. But this year we have to have some repairs done to the corner overhangs and the soffits and fascias need painting. Do I knock the old nests off before the house martins come back or do I paint round them? The house is so high we need to put scaffolding up.....

 

 

I do enjoy watching them and last year some of them had 2 broods. The RSPCA say it is illegal to interfere with nesting birds but you can remove the nests when the birds have gone. 

I want to make it easier for them to come back so will just knock downm the ones that interfere with the repair work, but keep the rest.


Monday, 22 February 2021

Potato Time again.

A year ago we were going around the village to sell potatoes  as a fund raiser - and it's that time again. What's different? The fact that everyone is now feeling optomistic that the light is at the end of the tunnel!



So who will win the Fangfoss and Bolton Potato Growing competition? It's the person who grows the heaviest crop from one seed potato and last year that came in at 10.9 kg.

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Pottery@Home

 The "Pottery@Home" project has really taken off today with an enquiry from a local WI group. They want to run the project as part of their WI meeting in April and want me to accompany it through a zoom meeting. I have never done this before, but will give it a try.

 

In the meantime, the first of the animal scultures have arrived back at the pottery. Gerry and I are very impressed with the high standard shown. We have a lovely guinea-pig, a rat and a seal.

Friday, 19 February 2021

It's a long time since I did this!

 

The last time we packed up a large order of pots must have been back in September.

In January we got an order from a wholesaler in Devon who specialises in fossils. He has been buying mugs from us with an ammonite emblem on for about 20 years.

We first met him when we turned up, unannounced, at his shop in Lyme Regis with some samples, and he has been buying from us ever since.

He obviously thinks that shops are going to open soon...

This is the first of 3 boxes of 50 mugs that we are sending off.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

WOT!!! No ducks.....


A week ago we had our grandchildren to stay while their parents worked and we took some bread to feed to the ducks along Pocklington Canal. Only there weren't any. So instead we went to Burnby Hall Gardens where you usually get mobbed with them- still no ducks.

So when we came home we made our own. My 6 year old grandaughter made a duck planter and although a wing fell off due to it not being stuck on with slip, it can be fixed

                                                                                              My 2 year old also made a duck.....


 

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

What a successful day!

  Today we sent off our first packages for our new venture! It is called "Pottery@Home". The idea is that, for a small cost, we provide all the clay, materials and instructions to make a project in pottery.

This month's project is to make a small animal sculpture. 

I took photographs of all the stages involved - through making two pinch pots to join together to make the body, right through to adding the finishing touches. 

Although I made a hedgehog, once the body is made there is scope for almost any animal.

I can send the clay out, but the student has to deliver the finished item back to the pottery. Unfired clay is too fragile for any of the postal services!!!


 But what made it even more successful was that I made a video to back up the process of making pinch pots, and was able to make this into a link. If you click on it below yyou should be able to download it and see me making the pinch pots..... Anyone who knows me will know that this is a major achievement as I am useless with computers.....

https://we.tl/t-RUQr5uHXv5

Saturday, 13 February 2021

Which pots to select?

Today we had to choose 6 pots for a selected exhibition at Water Street Gallery in Todmorden, in West Yorkshire. It's a prestigious gallery so we didn't want to put our "gift items" up  for possible inclusion. The title of the exhibition is "Earth Works", so we decided on pots that had a stratified appearance:-



 "STRATA"  - mugs that have a layered appearance.




"LANDSCAPE" - a bowl reflecting the colours of the landscape.

 

 

 

 

  "YORKSHIRE WOLDS" - a moonvase, depicting the landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds.