Catherine Daniel Ceramics

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Thursday, 17 February 2011

Read the Signs

Just been tooooo busy to blog lately, sorry! I long for the times when I didn't have a 'list' on the go - I need another holiday!

Last year's holiday was partly spent on Lindisfarne where there were the most amazing expanses of beach with loads of driftwood. Honestly, we didn't have to look for it, we were tripping over it.

Its the best quality driftwood too - looks like its been honed by the sand and sea for centuries - really smooth and tactile.

I collected a few bits, thinking I might do something with them, but not knowing quite what. Now I know what, and I've run out of wood! Wish I'd filled the car boot with it now! Can't find quite the same thing on Norfolk beaches, but will continue the search cos its always good to have an excuse to go to the coast.

Which is where this lot is headed - to a little coastal gallery in North Norfolk, and of course they'll also be available off the website - in a few days' time.

Must remember to keep one back for my own little coastal hideaway - when I get one. Till then I'll just keep on dreaming!

Where's your dream cottage by the sea? And please don't tell me you are already living in it cos I'll be just too envious for words!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011


It happens to be Jules Verne's birthday today - he of 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea' fame. I never read the book but I remember watching the film as a kid and being terrified by the scenes where Captain Nemo is battling with the Giant Squid. Eeek!

I don't think Captain Nemo and his crew would have had the same problems if they had encountered one of my sea creatures. No, its not a squid! Its a stacking starfish - much friendlier.

In fact, let's face it, if the crew of the Nautilus had seen starfish like these at twenty thousand leagues under, they were probably on some kind of hallucinogenic substances!

But I am really pleased with these, which came out of the kiln last week, and the design for the starfish gets wackier each time I make a set.

And yesterday I took delivery of a whole range of new glaze colours, so things are going to get a whole lot more weird and wonderful. Now ... should I make a giant squid ... how many tentacles is that? Hmmmm.