Thursday, 30 December 2010
I took a post Christmas walk around Rivington. It was great to breathe the fresh air heavy with rotting vegetation. Mist hung amongst the skeletal trees. The vegetation within the forest dripping steadily as the ice melted away.
I love saturated moss. It evokes a memory of a soft carpet leading to another world.
I got a great book for Christmas, 'Stickwork' by Patrick Dougherty. Patrick (with a group of helpers) makes fantastic sculptures from sapling sticks. The way he uses the sticks makes the work look like it is alive and breathing. Like Andy Goldsworthy, the pieces decompose over time and return back to the earth.
There is an interesting introduction by Jennifer Thompson which made me think about why I have used sticks in my work. I'm glad other people see their beauty too. 'There is something elemental, almost primal, in the appeal of sticks and their parents, trees; their history precedes our own, and they have been man's constant companion since the earliest days, as shelter, nourishment and fuel.' (excerpt written by Jennifer Thompson taken from Stickwork).
Twig Bowls - copyright Beverley Gee 2009.
Sunday, 19 December 2010
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!
Thank you for your interest and support in my work over the past year. I hope you'll come back and visit in 2011 when new things will be afoot.
New Art Gallery opening up in Tazmania next year. It looks fantastic and you have to reach it via ferry! Check out Mona for more details.
Spot the cat?
Where is our Mabel this week?
In the box, of course!
Thursday, 16 December 2010
My work is now available from the pretty Lancashire town of Garstang. The brand new and well stocked tourist information centre is now selling a range of work by north west craft people.
Previous to this, my only knowledge of Garstang was the song about it by the band DILE. Played by Phil Beckett on the now defunct Rev.
Spot the cat?
Where could Mabel be?
Oh yes, next to the radiator, of course!
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Frank Sidebottom (as Morrissey) singing with The Smyths.
Ha ha - Johnny Marr's rebuke to Cameron.
'David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don't. I forbid you to like it' on his Twitter page.
With Morrissey backing him up with . . .
'I would like to, if I may, offer support to Johnny Marr who has spoken out to the media this week against David Cameron. To those who have expressed concern over Johnny's words in view of the fact that David Cameron has pledged immense allegiance to the music of the Smiths, I would like to try to explain why I think Johnny is right not to be flattered.
It is true that music is a universal language – the ONLY universal language, and belongs to all, one way or another. However, with fitting grimness I must report that David Cameron hunts and shoots and kills stags – apparently for pleasure. It was not for such people that either "Meat is Murder" or "The Queen is Dead" were recorded; in fact, they were made as a reaction against such violence.
I recall some years ago a party political broadcast on behalf of the Conservative Party where David Cameron spoke directly to camera as an LP copy of "The Queen is Dead" proudly displayed itself on the wall behind his right shoulder. It is, of course, a fantastic thrill when the music you make is acknowledged by virtually anyone at all. But David Cameron is not just anyone. Some months ago, as the long-beaked amongst you might recall, I was due to appear on the Andrew Marr Show alongside David Cameron, and however much I worship the words of Andrew Marr, I could not go through with the invitation . . . click here to read the full condemnation on True to You Net.
Even funnier, the look of shock and outrage on Camilla and Charlie's faces as their bubble was slightly bruised by the real world.
Cameron and Charlie, we are not stupid - your Royal Wedding is a smokescreen. Do you think we'll forget everything because of an extra bank holiday? We are not as shallow as you.
Friday, 10 December 2010
Last week, I was shocked to discover the clay pieces I had been working on had frozen! This is what frozen porcelain looks like. Urgh - not pretty at all.
Some creatures that love this weather are penguins. Check out this live webcam from Edinburgh Zoo. I like to watch this for a bit in a morning. They are so cute and funny.
Here are my own penguins investigating strange shapes in the snow. It's a 'lesser seen in cold weather Mabel' footprint!
Sunday, 28 November 2010
A big thank you to all who came to support me and the mill last Thursday. The night was a great success. We were very busy and the fair had a fantastic atmosphere. My new penguin work went down a treat! I raised £11.16 for 'Animals in Distress' (10% of the price of penguin work goes to this charity). I really liked the work of Anna Wilson-Hall. Her work has a clean cut graphic quality to it. She showed a range of tree paintings in autumnal colours.
I've uploaded a few more items on Folksy too.
And made a wall feature to compliment the kitchen tiles I made recently.
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Thursday 25th November 5 - 9pm, James Street (off Oldfield Road), Salford, M3 5HW
Festive food and drink
It's well worth a look, also you can check out the refurbishments - you won't recognise the place. I am downstairs in the gallery space this year - hope to see you there. It's warm too!!!
'Christmas at the Mill' 2009
Monday, 15 November 2010
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Here are some images of my new work for sale at Salford Tourist Information Centre.
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
'The enjoyment of lone skating'.
'Illuminate the night.'
'Reflections of a frozen moon'. Copyright Beverley Gee 2010.
These greetings cards have images taken from my ceramic 'Last of the melting snow' series.
The cards are suitable for any occasion. The image can easily be removed from the card to be displayed elsewhere or kept as a memento. The card is 203mm x 150mm and holds a photograph that is 177mm x 127mm.
Please be aware that the card is black throughout therefore a coloured pen will be needed to inscribe the inside. The inside has been left blank for your own message.
10% of the card price (30p) will go to 'Animals in Distress'. A local charity that helps rehome unwanted pets and neglected animals. It is run by volunteers and is dependent on donations.
We got our cat 'the nation's favourite furry face' aka 'Mabel' from them last September. Here she is enjoying the last of October's sun.
Mabel is a master of disguise.
Monday, 18 October 2010
Through the "One Earth Tour", Kodo will bring the sound of the drum to the ears of the world - and with the taiko's unique ability to transcend barriers of language and custom, remind us all of our membership in that larger community - the world. ' (excerpt and images taken from Kodo's website)
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Sunday, 3 October 2010
The 'flowering teas are hand-tied individual tea (Green Tea) leaves with selected dried aromatic flowers forming a tea ball/heart, which reveals its secret centre when placed in boiling water, blooming into an artistic and captivating flower display with an enriching taste' (excerpt from Samsi's drinks menu).
And here's a cheeky squirrel having a feast on one of my sunflowers.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
My sister bought this 'pom pom' plant (I don't know what it's real name is) last year at Tatton Park Flower Show. It was just a small specimen then and I thought the harsh winter had seen it off. Oh no ... it has spread like wildfire, popping up everywhere in the garden! So I took some cuttings for my basket display. It looks like a wild haired hippy. The basket is from a Japanese department store and as I remember quite reasonably priced giving that it looks handmade. It's made from bamboo strips. Seen in the left hand corner of the picture is an original tile by the infamous Liz Scrine. It has a delicate wallpaper pattern and works well in this compostion.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
'Grand Vert' tea set
'Grand Vert' side plate set
My brand new kitchen is very nearly complete (woohoo!) so now it's time to rediscover some of my Japanese ceramics. First up is the 'Grand Vert' collection of porcelain made by Noritake. I have the tea set and side plate set. As you can see, the fern design is beautifully simple and effective. It's so lovely.
I remember spending hours (or what felt like hours to my very patient friend Tomoko) choosing whether to buy the side plates or bowl set to go with the tea set. I think I would have bought the whole collection if I wasn't worried about getting it all back home! Now, I can finally use them - 10 years later. Only for special occasions though.
'The Noritake of today grew out of a trading company that was originally established by the Morimura Brothers in New York in 1876. This trading company imported chinaware, curios, paper lanterns and other gift items. In 1904, the forerunner of the Noritake Company was established in the village of Noritake, a small suburb near Nagoya, Japan. The goal of this first factory was to create western style dinnerware for export. It took until 1914, however, to create the first porcelain dinnerware plate that was suitable for export' (excerpt from Noritake's website).