Summer at Eden Court……

Hi there! I can’t quite believe that we are more than halfway through the year… How was your weekend?  I had an amazing weekend at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness and I can’t wait to show you some pictures. . . …

Goldcrest Art

 

Mac Designs

Mac Designs

Fiadh

 

Designs by Inez

 

Cairngorm Creations

Cairngorm Candles

Quick hello….

So how goes the plans for the weekend?

It’s threatening to rain around here and its gloomy out, but that’s a good excuse to stay at home for the next couple of days.  

I just wanted to pop in to say quick hello and give you an update.

I’m back in the studio now, tearing right into my pottery projects for next week craft fair which is at the Eden Court Theater in the beautiful Highland capital, Inverness on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July  

I’m really excited to be returning to this great event.

If get through this next round of making pots……..

Summertime…….

Hard to believe its Friday already!  The week has whizzed by.  I’ve been busy every day but for the life of me I couldn’t tell you what I’ve actually done!  

The June weather continues to be changeable. Some days we have cold, unrelenting rain fall that sweeps through, breaking up the warm sunny days, bending the surrounding flora and fauna under the weight of all the water.

Some of the highest mountain peaks are still frosted with snow and on sunny days the sight is absolutely breathtaking.  Everything is still so fresh and green at this time of year and the countryside evolves  daily, the sun and rain seeming to make things grow extra fast. As I walk the winding country lanes, making my way through the dreels or around the vast raspberry fields,  I observe and take note of the many changes that have taken place. I enjoy time close to the beauty of nature. It helps me feel more centered and optimistic it is also a great source of inspiration which often influences my work.

I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am about my new projects! They combine all of the above and some of my very favourite things….

Here’s a wee preview…..  

 Haring_Around

hare_ today

 

 

 

 

 

Piggleliggle will be at – Rouken Glen Park

A 100 year tradition as an escape for people from Glasgow and the west of Scotland.  Rouken Glen Park is the largest and most popular public park in East Renfrewshire.  The park now boasts two cafes, a boating pond, woodland walks and a large children’s play area.  

It will host the Armed Forces Day this Saturday 21st June 2014 and Piggleliggle Ceramic Studio will be there in the Scottish Craft Fairs marquee beside other craft workers. Come along I’d love to see you.

 

 

Friday ……..

It’s Friday and the end of a long busy week! Hope you had a good one. 

For me, finding a bit of calm in my day is as simple as stepping outside and taking a deep breath. Nature always has a way of soothing my soul.  It’s nice weather today so I’m taking my coffee out to the summer seat.

Sometimes, it really doesn’t seem like much is happening in the studio for… well, an age, then all of a sudden things start to come together.  I try to keep my projects moving forward especially when I’m busy and making good progress or things just sit on the shelf, waiting to get finished.

Any big plans for the weekend? 

The Priory Church, South Queensferry……

So how is your weekend going?
I have been very busy.  On Saturday I headed over to The Priory Church in South Queensferry.
The stunning Forth Railway Bridge

To the right a spectacular view of the Forth Railway Bridge

The Priory Curch on the outskirts of Edinburgh, is 600 years old, its history is varied and rich. The restored medieval building is nestled on the banks of the Firth of Forth.
 
Cruise Ship anchored in the Forth

Cruise Ship anchored in the Forth

The enthusiasm and excitement of the fair was pretty invigorating. I had a lot of fun watching all the excitement, meeting all the people.
To the right...... The Forth Road Bridge

To the right…… The Forth Road Bridge

 

Today, I’m back in the studio……

The Priory Church South Queensferry

 

The best time of the year……..

I absolutely adore spring! It has to be one of my favourite times of the year.  I can barely contain my eagerness to venture outside and explore. To the north-west, the sky is pewter grey, that deep, rich colour that means rain…… Mind you in Scotland this is usually accompanied by strong winds which drive the rain in cold, horizontal sheets, splattering the windows unevenly, whipping the branches from the trees and habitually depositing debris everywhere.

Then that miracle happens…..

The sky breaks open and the first rays of sunlight emerge like a spotlight through the cloud, bathing the ground with warm sunshine and highlighting the almost neon green of the new leaves which stand out in all their glory, so alive and vibrant, a visual reminder of what will follow in the coming months…..then the rainbow appears and the almost translucent petals of the cherry blossoms flutter in the breeze, falling and covering everything their wake in a carpet of pink and white.

One thing I’m going to enjoy about doing craft fairs is meeting people.  Talking and listening to them as they browse my stall will help me see what they like and gives me ideas of what I may want to cast and paint next. That means I always have lots of casting and painting getting done at any one time and am trying to keep up with it all and still enjoy it.  I have been working on a new pottery collection ahead of what I hope will be a busy season.

Goodbye until next time, when I hope to have some fabulous pottery to share with you. Enjoy your Monday!

 

 

Relaxing Weekends

Hope your weekend was great….relaxing……and inspiring!

Mine was a pick and mix of stuff…. the days came and went surprisingly quickly, things are running  a little bit behind….. as usual, time always seems to run out before I can complete the million and one things on my to-do list….. but… I continue to cast, paint and work on my pottery….and  garden….I decided to take advantage of the reasonably good weather and began my big garden clean up. I haven’t spent a lot of time in the garden this past year or so and I want it to look nice out there this summer.  Its great seeing it taking shape again after its neglect.

Oh ……and  I also had some fun chill time as well with family, friends, good wine……and good food!