The Hand and the Glove... ramblings about making.


Sorry,this one's out of sync as I forgot to publish it!

Arrived at College, dropped off my things and went straight down to the Lecture theatre for the research presentations. I arrived partway through the session, but still managed to see three of them before it was my turn. It seemed to go OK, but sitting there waiting I was a little alarmed that Emmanuel was discussing the relationship of poetry to his project. As usual, he has strong views and can appear uncompromising. I used the first verse of the Elizabeth Cook poem ‘Bowl’ in my presentation, and explained to Emmanuel that it had been chosen, not because of poetic merit but because it demonstrated someone verbalising the act of looking at a ceramic container and going beyond its material associations.

Quite a chunk of emotional energy was burned up during the week trying to pin down the date when I could collect my tureen from the company in France. Having been told I could go on Wednesday I was about to book the tickets when I received a call to say that it would not be ready. As I was working for Ceramic Art London from Thursday through until Sunday, I was disappointed as one of the designers from Denby Pottery planned to see me on Friday and Martin Watmough had the Vice President of Z Corp visiting. It would have been really useful to have a Wedgwoodn’t Tureen to show them. But I’m in other people’s hands so to a certain extent I have to go with it.
The meeting on Friday with Gary Hawley and his colleague Thomas was very interesting as they have a Z Corp machine that is use every day. I am very keen to take the conversation further and hope to be able to visit them before too long.

Ceramic Art London went very well, setting up was smooth and exhibitors seemed happy with the help on hand. I looked after the ‘Discovery Programme’, the series of lectures and demonstrations that included the film of my wife Vicky’s ceramic installation to commemorate the Morecambe Bay Chinese Cocklers tragedy. I saw the final version for the first time that includes the final section of the ‘stones’ being covered by the tide. It adds a very poignant ending to the film that is appropriately slow paced.