Whales from Wales

A little diversion from mosaics in this post. This idea of a whale shark salt cellar has been ruminating for about 7 years. I had to purchase extra clay to finish my big batch of moaning mermaids and I had some clay left over – I pounced on the chance to get the salt cellar made.Continue reading “Whales from Wales”

A storm in a teacup

Proverbs were a popular theme in paintings. Do you know Breughel’s proverbs painting?   This is my contribution to Proverbs. A Storm in a Teacup. I have used mirrors for the lightening and matt vitreous tiles for the white. This started as a wood cut, finely chiseled from boxwood and printed. see below. Woodcuts are tinyContinue reading “A storm in a teacup”

Fancy a glass of wine?

Oh hello, what’s going on here then? A bit of grape pressing in a Byzantine church of the Saints Lot (of pass the Lot) (more later) and Procopius in Jordon. Procopius was a scholar and historian. His great tome of secret writing was planned to be published after Justinian died for fear it might unsettleContinue reading “Fancy a glass of wine?”

Mosaics at Cottonopolis

Busy bees in Cottonopolis Facing Manchester Albert Square is Manchester Town Hall. A grand municipal building looking like a jumbled up Houses of Parliament; it was acknowledged for its beauty by John Ruskin. This imposing Neo-gothic  structure was designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1877. Manchester is known for its hard working ethos; the factories formedContinue reading “Mosaics at Cottonopolis”

The Festive Fox

Foxes are related to dogs BUT they have a feline trait – they can retract their claws! They can also make 40 different sounds; that’s impressive.  And unlike normal foxes this fox isn’t smelly. Foxes are mischievous, opportunists, playful, curious, clever and wise and are often part of folklore and children’s literature, especially in EuropeContinue reading “The Festive Fox”