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COVID-19 Update 4th July 2020: We are open! Bookings are now being taken for workshops but will be limited to a maximum of 2 people from a single household per workshop to maintain a Covid-secure setting. To avoid disappointment, if there is a workshop that you wish to attend but with no available slots,  then please contact us to arrange an alternative date. 

Christmas

Christmas Lists at the Ready!

Some people have everything on their Christmas list bought and wrapped by mid November, I’m half in awe and half appalled at this approach! It’s certainly not how I manage the build up to Christmas! Every year, I pledge to be more organised and give more meaningful presents but like many, I often end up with a stressful dash around the shops buying gifts that I’m not sure are completely necessary.

Giving and receiving gifts at Christmas is wonderful and I love it but perhaps we have lost sight of the real reason for giving presents in the whirlwind of retail gratification. Excessive gift giving can put an unfair obligation on others. No matter how fervently you urge people not to buy for you, they will want to reciprocate and they may not be able to afford it.

From an environmental point of view, so many gifts are unwanted every year and are also full of unnecessary packaging. According to a charity survey, the most unwanted Christmas presents are bath products, films & box sets and candles.

 

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Horseride

Getting back on the horse

On my recent work trip to our Cornish Artistic Retreat, Valley View, I had a rare day off and decided to visit the Isles of Scilly – somewhere I’ve never been before. Even more adventurous than the flight from Land’s End to St Mary’s, I decided that a two hour horse ride would be the perfect way to explore the island, despite the fact that I haven’t been on a horse for a couple of decades or more!

I was given a ‘plodder’ called Charlie who suited my rusty skills and an instructor guide joined us. I was feeling rather pleased with how it was all going – we tried a little rising trot and a canter – so far so good. Then the ‘that’s never happened before’ moment happened! Something spooked Charlie, she leapt to the left, I fell to the right and landed unceremoniously on my back.

 

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Harvest Festival

Time in the Studio – a Harvest Treat

It’s certainly turning chilly in the mornings this month, although we could be due another burst of summery weather, you never know! As the children go back to school, my mind turns to the last quarter of the year, the traditional Harvest festivities and what I’d still like to achieve in 2019.

 

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Crow Sculpture

Creative inspiration in the form of a rusty crow and molten glass!

I spent a wonderful couple of days on the South Coast with Powertex Tutor Rosie Casselden (www.facebook.com/rosiecasseldenart/), learning some new Powertex techniques and creating a wonderful crow sculpture – more of that later.

 

I also had another go at glass blowing last month, to improve on some skills learnt on a pervious course last September and it was such an inspiring experience (www.facebook.com/pages/Creative-Vibe-Glassblowing-Limited/).

 

I loved the way the molten glass moves and how it’s difficult to control. It is fascinating to see how different materials react as they change from a liquid to a solid state. With Powertex coated fabric, I can at least manipulate the structure a bit as it dries.

 

Both these encounters got me thinking about where our creativity comes from and how we develop our ideas over time. The two sessions with these wonderful artists stimulated my imagination and made me want to get right back into the studio and create!

 

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Abyssimo style meetss Powertex

July: A month of learning with colour

In July I’ve been taking time  to learn new skills by visiting Powertex UK HQ for the annual Tutor Retreat. It’s a weekend I look forward to every year as it’s a brilliant time to meet up, share ideas and learn new techniques from some really inspirational Powertex tutors.

 

Visiting the Tutor Retreat this year was Abyssimo, a super-creative artist. I’ve met Abyssimo (Maria) before and was really impressed with her work and artistic talent, and this year we were able to interpret her work with Powertex Stone Art and take away some great new ideas from workshops and projects taking place over the weekend.

 

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