2015

End of the year reflections, let the light nights begin again.

I think this has been the fastest year ever, the biggest whirlwind of a year. The craziness of starting a new career at what many consider retirement age; challenges, highs, lows all made glorious by the wonderful inspirational people and places along the way.

January

mall Society of Designer Craftsmen Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London. “Crackpots” emigrate to Australia with Len Joynson

February

Sad news, the death of Osi Rhys Osmond. A gentle tornado of a man. inspiration to everyone he met. An honourable and measured passing, the day after his last broadcast and exhibition opening.

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March

Manic preparations for two exhibitions. A solo show at Oriel Bevan Jones for Arts Care / Gofal Celf. Also filming with Emily Jayne Roberts

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April

Road trip to Brighton with Carol Gwizdak to deliver work to Kay Aplin at the Ceramic House. Crazy journey, wonderful place, inspirational woman who now has “She didn’t know what do with it” by her ceramic fireplace

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Pete Bod sadly departed the ceramic department for pastures new but we made him take this with him

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May

Solo show OBJ with Eiryl George, gallery manager, friend and mentor.

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Brighton Opening, Black and White cocktail party. Lovely to share this with Tomos Martin and Nicola Martin and a great privilege to exhibit with Kay, Keith Varney and Tanya Gomez amongst many others

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June

A very interesting collaboration with Alan Williams the printmaker. Inspiring each other to create between the dimensions and disciplines of our chosen media.

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Also introduced to Denise at Oriel Mimosa in Llandeilo. Full of energy and changing her gallery from Antiques to Contemporary.

July

West Wales Applied Arts, a group of people all ex ceramic students at Carmarthen School, thanks to Valerie Price West had a stand at Aberystwyth Ceramics Festival. Strong ale was drunk but some of us managed to get up.

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Team CSG – Neill Curran, Tom Fisher, Raymond Church, Lyndon Davies.

Pleased to be a part of the Tywi Valley Open Studios with an ex fellow student Hilary Coole at her studio near Llandeilo

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Hilary Coole – the “One to Watch” at New Designers 2015

And the last day of July much merriment at the Friends Arms for Beth Pritchard’s first planting of her Seedy Labels pop up shows

August

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The irrepressible energy of Suzanne Hughes Owen is the catalyst for a show unifying the artists of West Wales and putting her beloved Llandysul on the map.

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The Survivors, created during the collaboration with Alan make a public appearance as an installation.

PB and CG And Pete opened his beautiful little workshop and gallery next to his house in St Dogmaels.

September

No rest, new job with Carmarthen School of Art’s Foundation Family, featuring Stephen Hughes, Hannah Lewis Davies, Miranda Evans, Carol Gwizdak, Daniel Trivedy and Dan Staveley plus many more I’ve yet to meet and STARRING almost 60 energetic, talented students

Undoubtedly the very best in the West and all other points of the compass!

October

Close to burn out going to Handmade at Kew. Great sales more pots emigrating to Japan, America, France and South Africa whilst one went all of half a mile away.

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Lovely fellow exhibitors too

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Miss Fire, Emily, Emma Harries and Annika Rutlin

November

Another sad, sudden loss which shocked the college and much of Carmarthenshire was the death of Nick Patience. Deeply ironic that someone with such a large and generous heart should die of a heart attack.

Christmas selling show at Oriel Bevan Jones. Fed up with Christmas commerciality this years pots, the survivors which started off life at OBJ back in June are being sold to raise funds for the International Rescue Committee. £50 so far and like the refugees plenty more there and more on the way…

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December

Another pop up show organised by the lovely Beth Pritchard. Lots of people working very hard to get this abandoned room fit for exhibition, the ultimate in shabby chic.

Carmarthen School of Art alumni include Owen Evans, Neill Curran, Lee Odishaw, Nia Denman, Martin Reed and Rose Wood, not to mention the lovely Dorothy Morris of Greenspace Gallery, I’m not sure whether she went there or not.

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Think I’ll put my feet up now.

Nadolig Llawen a Flwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi gyd! x

 

 

 

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