Friday, 27 March 2009

Monday, 9 March 2009

1001 Wonderful Things

one of my favourite books in the world is called 1001 Wonderful Things (Hutchinson). i found it quite a long time ago in a little bookshop in Glasgow (i forget what it's called, the one close to Tchai Ovna, with the cat), for £1.
it's full of a wonderfully random selection of basically everything under and around the sun. from insects, planets, classical art and architecture, caves and all sorts of phenomenae from the natural world, "modern" machines (at least they were at the time of print -unfortunately a couple of pages are missing from the front so i don't know exactly when it was printed - for example, a WOOL-CARDING MACHINE, a CARDIOGRAPH, a GIANT GAS COMPRESSOR, a CO-ORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE, to name but a few), animals, anatomy, imaginary creatures, etc etc.
here is a little excerpt from the introduction:

"Surely, the age we live in must be the most interesting ever known to mankind.
In every field giant strides of discovery and invention have been made. Knowledge of this, that and the other has increased by leaps and bounds -and still we know so little; there is more and more to come.
Seeing is believing.
In these days of stress and strain, this type of publication should also prove a boon and a blessing for wet Sunday afternoons, when one wants to relax and yet be interested without too much effort."

(if you click on the pictures they'll come up much bigger, so you can read the text and look more closely at the pictures.)

Saturday, 7 March 2009

clay, coffe and a few minutes with a chainsaw

i went home to my parents for a couple of days, which was like going on holiday (i.e. very good).
first i spent a couple of hours in the library in Värnamo, it's always nice to have an excuse to sit and look at books.

the best thing is that we finally got the kickwheel together, and it works really well! so the outhouse became a ceramics studio.
my mum also did some throwing today, and it turns out she's a natural talent, as you can see from the photo below:

my dad was dong some tree-cutting in the forest, so i got to have a little go with the chain-saw. i think i'll have to go and get a license. not that i want to chop down lots of trees, but it's a pretty good skill to have i'm sure.
we also drank coffee, my mum made fastlagsbullar (vegan ones! for those of you who are not Swedish, they're these sweet, white rolls that are stuffed full of marzipan and topped with whipped cream) that we sat on a log and ate. i should go home more often!

we also looked at pictures with relatives, and a film, and went to a little charity shop and i found spoons and other good things. so, a good weekend. tack, mamopap!

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

middle cyclone

here you can listen to Neko Case's new album, if you would like to (thanks to NPR).

Monday, 2 March 2009

new studio

here is my little (or not so little actually) space in the new studio i've moved into/joined. it's looking a bit empty now, but in time there will be also a kickwheel and big table and more chairs etc (Inshallah, of course). the studio is in a lovely brick building (close to the water and Röda Sten), it used to be a sugar-factory. i especially like the windows, and the high ceiling. there are 9 others sharing the studio, (one textile artist and the rest ceramists), a great group of people. so i'm very happy to be able to move in here.

this is the kiln room. there's going to be one more kiln moving in to join the other two.

and this is going to be the glazing area and materials store -there's two spray booths and a good big sink. and even some lovely scales. brilliant.

and of course the kitchen! i'd like you to note especially the exquisite clock, hanging on the pillar. we polished it a bit today, so that the lovely shine of the gold-coloured plastic looks its' absolute best.

there's still quite alot to sort out, but it's getting there! i'll put up more pictures when it's all pukka and sorted.