The best laid plans of mice and men…. Things just did not work out this Winter/Spring - ideas looked wrong in practice, a new clay I was trying didn’t help. But after some frustrating failures, things feel to have started to come together. The paintily styles begun last year have continued, but then I

felt It was all getting too pastel and pretty, so I picked up some African themes, which proved very therapeutic. My programme for the rest of 2017 starts with the Lake Artists Society open exhibition in Grasmere, where I am hoping to be selected again. Then comes Potfest in the Pens, where Frances and I will share a joint husband and wife stand. I then have time for some more potting ready for Art & Clay in Leesgill and, finally, the Christmas Craft Market at the Brewery in Kendal.

These are some of the African-inspired pieces: