a hard frost this morning, rapidly being dispelled by the sun; I may have just lost my peaches, as the tiny peach tree has been in full blossom for over a week – time will tell. next year I will be prepared with fleece.


it’s looking okay at this point, the frost, if any, had melted and there were just drops of moisture on it. the sun just about to catch it.


the hellebores in the shade with frost edging their leaves


the cowslips looking unhappy, but they are tough natives and the sun will warm them up and uncurl them.


the two blackthorns are in full blossom, and there looks to be a lot on the damsons this year; they and the plum tree will soon be in flower.


on Saturday I went to the launch of my friend Nic Collins’ exhibition at the Goldmark Gallery – so many beautiful pots. the catalogue essay by David Whiting exactly described why I love Nic’s work – “kindness” – “a softness of execution” “qualities of relaxed precision” “prominent shell and wadding scars ¬†become important components of form”.


just as the aged crackle and the scars become components of the form of this ancient Korean piece from the sixteenth century; it has the same tenderness as Nic’s work.


the running ashmelt too enhances the softly thrown jars with their strong throwing marks.


I threw restraint to the winds and indulged in a very small piece, this guinomi thrown off the hump in Meeth clay, which is a red Devon clay and fires black in Nic’s kiln. I am taking part in his woodfiring workshop¬†this August; the remaining two huge (for me) flagons will go into his hogback nicely, they are small pieces by comparison to some of Nic’s;


this huge platter made partly in an earth mould and taking four people to get it into the kiln is inspirational – not just for its size, but for its technique and Nic’s attitude in making something so huge and difficult. I love risky work.

now I am back in my workshop for three weeks; lots of work to make which can be fired when I get back from Spain in May – and the memory of Nic’s work to inspire me – softer and looser is the way to go …