Sage head at RUH

Art, Ceramics, Exhibition

Last week I took a friend for her six-monthly trip to the pain management clinic at Royal United Hospital, Bath. I had the opportunity to visit my piece Sage which was in the Fusion exhibition last summer, and to check it had survived the winter OK.

It’s situated in one of the courtyard gardens – in Area D of the hospital if you happen to go there – and still looks good. The sage plant is growing and the ceramic head hasn’t developed any cracks, so all good. Nice to see the signposting is still up too.

The piece still officially belongs to me, but I’m happy for it to stay there and be seen, and hopefully appreciated, by staff, patients and visitors.

My next post should contain images from the Degree Show which starts with a Private View this Friday evening – and I’ve been very busy the last few days preparing the space, moving and setting up the work, and helping out where and when I can. Looking good. My work will be in glass cabinets in a darkened room…

Meanwhile here’s how Sage is looking now.

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‘Sage’ head in situ at RUH, courtyard in area D

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Closer view of ‘Sage’ head, info from Fusion exhibition still next to it

 

 

Installing my head…

Art, Ceramics, Exhibition, public Art

In a hospital. Don’t worry, it’s a ceramic head pot, part of the Fusion exhibition at the Royal United Hospital, Bath.

'Sage' head at RUH, Jubilee Courtyard

‘Sage’ head at RUH, Jubilee Courtyard

I was ably assisted by Tony, the man in charge of Art displays at RUH, who said, ‘I don’t usually spend my working day with my hand inside someone’s head…’

We had to move a heavy concrete plinth from one side of the courtyard to the other, tip it on its side and put a coach bolt through holes in both the ceramic pot and the concrete plinth. Then I could fill the pot with peat mixed with perlite, and plant the sage. It should be visible from the corridor, and this courtyard is accessible to the public, which is what I wanted. It’s opposite the entrance to D1, and will have a label soon.

View from the bench, with Tony

View from the bench, with Tony

Jo with 'Sage' head installed at RUH

Jo with ‘Sage’ head installed at RUH

 

 

 

 

 

I would love to make a whole series of these, perhaps for next year’s show.

Other artists were installing their contributions with Fiona (Student co-ordinator of Fusion exhibition) further down the corridor, so I went to see what they were up to. They had turned a dingy courtyard into an aquarium using mainly recycled materials:

Another courtyard, with fish...

Another courtyard, with fish…

... and jellyfish

… and jellyfish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally I headed off to meet up for lunch with another artist friend from Bath Spa, Viv Meadows. She  took me to see the latest incarnation of her ‘Tiny Tent’, outside All Saints Church in Farmborough:

Viv Meadows with her Tiny Tent

Viv Meadows with her Tiny Tent

Tiny Tent at All Saints church, Farmborough

Tiny Tent at All Saints church, Farmborough

Head Space

Art, Ceramics, Exhibition

My new exhibition is now confirmed! It will contain some of the work from The Smile Project (without the tomato plant installation) plus some older work, and I’m calling it Head Space. Erm – because it’s mainly full of heads… And to be honest, it’s a Glastonbury joke too.

It will be at Blue Cedar Print Works, Silver Street, Glastonbury from Tues 4th August. Private View is Mon 3rd August 6-8pm so do come along if you’re in the area. I’ll be showing ceramic heads of various sizes and finishes, and lino-cut print/collages.P_20150707_114311

I’ll be sharing the space with another artist who I will be meeting this afternoon, so more on that later.

And next week I’ll be installing another head pot Sage at the Royal United Hospital in Bath as part of the Fusion exhibition.

That’s after my poetry readings at Priddy Folk Festival and a madrigal concert with Cantilena choir. Lots happening!

Nearly there…

Art, Ceramics, Exhibition

I’m pacing myself. Getting through the list of things I still need to do.

All the posters and invitations are delivered. I know that enough people are coming to celebrate the launch with me on Monday, and look forward to catching up with old friends and past tutors. It was good to see that the local paper published my press release without changing a word, and a nice big image too. Several people have mentioned it to me already.

Yesterday was busy – going to Yeovil to chase up the plinths i’m borrowing from college, for a start. I’ve had trouble reaching the tutor concerned, his email is broken and bounces messages back to me, and no-one was answering the phone. I finally tracked him down at the other campus and got permission to move the students’ work and take four plinths for a fortnight. Then called in to see my potter friend Linda (my back-up plinth provider) for a welcome cuppa.

At the garden centre I was still uncertain exactly which plants I wanted for the two head pots, and considered different titles and meanings for a while. A quick call by the printers for my business cards, and home to swot up on the words for a choir concert in the evening.

Today my daughter remembered to give me the laminated Artist Statement and Memoriam sheets before heading off to work, and I will enjoy myself planting up my pots, writing labels, and repainting plinths. The sun’s shining again, sparrows are chattering outside my window, and I’m not feeling as anxious as I’d expected to be. Maybe’s that’s tomorrow’s job, along with buying industrial quantities of wine and nibbles for the Private View?

Hope to see you there on Monday evening. If not, try and call by while the exhibition is on, please. And I’d love some comments on the work…

Next post will hopefully be photos of it all in situ.

Forthcoming Exhibitions…

Art, Ceramics, Exhibition

So while my foot is up after the operation, I’ve lots of time to think about my Art. I’ve just been going through all the digital photos I took in my last week at the studio. Some of the best will end up in my ‘ceramics gallery’ on here, and I need to choose one for the exhibition poster too.

For those who don’t know yet, I’m staging my first solo exhibition at For Every Cloud gallery in Langport.The dates are from 12th to 28th May and I’ll be showing some of my ceramic heads and plaques, some lino cut prints, and an installation involving smiley disposable coffee cups and tomato seedlings.

stoneware fired ceramic plaque, glazed with mud

stoneware fired ceramic plaque, glazed with mud

stoneware fired ceramic plaque glazed with mud

stoneware fired ceramic plaque glazed with mud

Here’s a sneak preview of some plaques glazed with local mud:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stoneware fired ceramic plaque with bonfire ash glaze

stoneware fired ceramic plaque with bonfire ash glaze

earthenware fired ceramic plaque with coloured slip

earthenware fired ceramic plaque with coloured slip

and here are some mildly scary ones too, using coloured slips, and bonfire ash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As it’s the Equinox this weekend I started planting the tomato seeds, which are now soaking up the warmth on my bedroom windowsill. I will be posting pics of their progress over the next few weeks.

DSC_0542 DSC_0543edit After the solo exhibition it’ll be time to get everything ready for my next venture. My work has been chosen to go into Fusion, a collaboration between Bath Spa University creative students and the Royal United Hospital in Bath. The show goes up in the hospital mid-July, and is taken down at the start of October. I’ll be showing one or more of my large head pots in courtyards, filled with compost and a plant. This is one I’ve made specially for the show, again glazed with local mud, and my hand-prints. I’ve yet to decide on a suitable plant…

 

 

Work In Progress

Art, Ceramics

Experimenting with natural materials again – bonfire ashes, clay from a field ditch at Stolford ( the Levels meet the Parrett estuary) and deposits from the banks of the Severn. Fired to stoneware, they should make interesting glaze-like surfaces. Let’s see…

large head pot with Severn estuary bank mud handprints

large head pot with Severn estuary bank mud handprints

large head pot with Stolford ditch clay handprints

large head pot with Stolford ditch clay handprints

medium rough bust with bonfire ash decoration

medium rough bust with bonfire ash decoration

medium rough bust with bonfire ash and Stolford clay decoration

medium rough bust with bonfire ash and Stolford clay decoration