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Monday, 18 October 2010


Last night I went to see Kodo (taiko drummers from Japan) at the Bridgewater Hall. They are fantastic! If you ever get the chance to see them I recommend it. I've seen them four times now and as always I was impressed with their style, technique, imagination and stamina. Their drive and devotion to their craft is astounding and something I would like to attain with my ceramics.

'For nearly thirty years, Kodo has explored the boundless potential of the ancient Japanese drum, the taiko. Inspired by the powerful natural beauty of their home on Sado Island in the Sea of Japan, Kodo infuses traditional forms with fresh global influences to create new musical expressions that are utterly unique. Two meanings are embedded in the Japanese characters for Kodo. First, heartbeat: the primal, tender sound as heard in the womb. Second, children of the drum: reflecting Kodo's intent to play their drums simply, with the heart of a child. Since 1981, Kodo has delivered over 3,200 performances in 46 countries, becoming Japan's most acclaimed performing arts group.

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)

Thank you to those that came and supported me at Salford Museum and Art Gallery's Craft Fair. I was in the Victorian gallery which is a great backdrop to show my work in. A big thank you to the staff and organisers. They are very friendly and put on a good show.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Salford Museum and Art Gallery Craft Fair

Why not come along to Salford Museum and Art Gallery's craft fair this Sunday? I will be there selling end of the line work and seconds. Come on down to find a bargain!

The Salford Museum and Art Gallery Craft Fair is back!
Why not come along to the Museum on the 17th October and get some early Christmas shopping done?
There will be a variety of stalls selling affordable handmade items from 11:00 am - 3:30 pm.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Autumnal food

My favourite restaurant in Manchester is 'Samsi' in Spinningfields. They have recently added some interesting items to their menu. Pictured here is their new green tea range. They are very pretty and unusual.

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).

Tofu sukiyaki

And here's a cheeky squirrel having a feast on one of my sunflowers.