10
Apr

Installation Time

Installation day 1 complete.

The penguins are beginning to take shape, with finishing touches to come tomorrow. After an hour of panic and tangled wire, everything began to *swim* along just fine. Mapping them out on a very large sheet of paper really helped to bring it all together. And the kind support of my lovely boyfriend in braving the rather large ladder that gave me chills and made my knees knock..

Tomorrow is another day, filled with achievements and discoveries. Happy happy happy.

18
Feb

So Much Information

Reading up about the ecological relationships that surround the oak tree. Pretty mind blowing when you start looking into it. Such a huge network of activity.

‘Treecreeper’ photo taken by Alex Meek http://www.alexmeekphotography.co.uk/

17
Feb

Managed to fight through the sniffles to get into the studio and make some more test pieces, nothing much to do now other than wait for them to dry. I’m not used to having to wait, I just want to paint them now!

Had some great advice from Ruchita on different ways of working with clay, firing and glazing and being over prepared at all times. Back up plan x 3! Loved hearing about her studies and work in India. So inspired.

Pottery is a slow process that I am not used to. I think this residency will not only allow me to move with a new practice but also teach me to contemplate and take my time a bit more.

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17
Feb

The Mighty Oak Tree

 

Couldn’t sleep last night thinking about trees and bugs and birds. The Hanson Log Boat, found in a Shardlow gravel pit in 1998, still with its cargo of Limestone. Made from a single Oak tree.  I’m not really that interested in the cargo it transported or the way it was preserved. For me, the real giant of history is that that has watched over the land for more than 300,000 years. A mature tree can grow up to 45 metres tall and can spread almost as wide. At 700 years old the oak has reached old age. It produces fewer acorns and only grows very slowly. At 1000 years old, the oak is nearing the end of its life. Home to bats and woodpeckers, food for Jays and Squirrels and much more. Oaks support more wildlife forms than any other native tree, including up to 280 different insects. http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Quercus_robur#p00h5fl3