Sunday, 29 January 2012

a week away

I've had nearly a week away, staying with Daughter and Family.
Then having a long day heading Northwards for the first time since 1998, reclaiming my routes, renewing old friendships, but also finding I'd missed a friend by four months. At least I could give his son and widow the gift of a small bowl.
I felt at home. This probably explains why I'm drawn to the higher places around where I live, why being with Mountain Man was right. My first memory is of travelling from Capel Curig along the A5 road with Tryfan on the left, towards Idwal Cottage youth hostel where we lived in 1954/5.

I had a wander round Machynlleth as it was market day.
and delivered a box of work to Crochendy Twrog in Maentwrog. Trefor Owen always sold my work well, and had two jars left, a small one and this one.....
I must make some more of these!
It was good to see Trefor looking well at 75 and planning to do some throwing.

Then further North where I left more work...and I'm hoping to hear in a few days whether I'll have work in a gallery shop here.....
I had a day's "officialling" work at Newport Velodrome yesterday, today's work is tidying the allotment a little (weather permitting- we have a snow warning) and preparing the workshop for throwing.

11 comments:

cookingwithgas said...

what a beautiful place and great memories.

smartcat said...

(o)

Kath said...

A very productive time :-) I enjoyed seeing your old haunts.

Michèle Hastings said...

i so enjoy your pictures... those stone buildings and narrow alleys, beautiful.
good to hear you enjoyed your time away.

CATHERINE DANIEL said...

Nice road trip! And wonderful stormy sea pics in your last post too. Fingers crossed for the gallery thing!

Susan Heather said...

Great pots and wonderful places and your pictures of the stormy sea were wonderful. ll enough to make me homesick.

red dirt girl said...

You DO live in the most picturesque part of the world, don't you, you lucky girl!!

good luck with the gallery!
xxx

soubriquet said...

Love the pics, and that red pot...
That should have sold straight away.
Market day in Mac, Always a crazy time, why, once I went and there were nearly TWENTY people roaming the town!

Tell me about that glaze? is it a chun blue over a red clay slip? Nice pot...

gz said...

soub, that pot was made in 1998....!!
the body is a fairly bog standard stoneware, not overly heavy on the iron. I'm trying to work out which glaze it is, but I think it must be my very basic Cornish stone base (CS 50, Whiting 25, China Clay 25 ) with added iron oxide. Which could be a yellow ochre from near Porthmadog which I must go to the mine and get another big tub....the last tub has just run out!!

Jenny Woolf said...

Wow, life at Idwal cottage must have been interesting! no wonder you feel a connection to the area. reminds me it is a long time since I've been round there. I keep meaning to revisit the alternative technology centre.

gz said...

the more visits to CAT near Machynlleth the better! They need more at the moment