Catherine Daniel Ceramics

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Thursday, 12 July 2012

Ancient and New

Ancient, as in the quote on this second 'Poettery' piece I promised to show you, which is taken from Coleridge's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', and New as in new friends made through blogging.

"Nor dim nor red, like God's own head,
The glorious Sun uprist:
Then all averred, I had killled the bird
That brought the fog and mist.

'Twas right, said they, such birds to slay,
That bring the fog and mist.
The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
The furrow followed free;
We were the first that ever burst
Into that silent sea.'

I shall not type out all the verses as I risk 'repetitive strain injury' (this poem spans 18 pages in my poetry book).  And you will note that my scene is a bit cheerier than the picture Coleridge paints ... I drew the line at including an Albatross!

And talking of cheery sea-sidey things, the lovely Lynne from Textile Treasury came over yesterday to pick up some ceramics she had commissioned.  She had been over once before to have a look round the studio and decide what she wanted, and yesterday she brought her friend Sue with her and we had a fine old time chatting away over numerous cups of tea and lemon drizzle cake, about textiles, quilts, pottery, and a hundred other things.

I had seen this cushion Lynne made on her blog a while ago, so I asked her to bring it over for me.  Isn't it absolutely gorgeous?

So clean, crisp and pretty! 

I have been up to North Norfolk coast today and seen lesser cushions in the posh shops up there selling for £50 and upwards!  So thank you Lynne - I LOVE it!

Lynne also showed me a quilt she has made which was absolutely stunning and I hope she will show it on her blog, as I forgot to take pictures.

My new cushion is sitting on the chair in my studio, where I have other sea-sidey bits and bobs like shells, pebbles, anemones, etc. so it blends in well and reminds me of the good friends you make through blogging!

x Cathy x


  1. Aw, shucks! Had a lovely time at yours. Cathy, as did Sue. And am loving my bud vase, which is ON THE BLOG!!!!! Can't put the other things up there just yet, but Jim has seen them and tinks they are ace.

    (Really, really enjoyed the Lemon Drizzle cake!!!!!!) (Oops, too many excalamation marks.)

  2. What a beautiful cushion! Can't wait to see Lynne's commissions!
    Victoria xx

  3. Beautiful cushion and I love the Ancient Mariner plaque - was that the other piece of hanging shelf wood that you found recently?

    I also want to say a big thankyou for my paisley heart and the chick that you made for me and I received on Tuesday. It very nearly ended up under my other half's desk as it was packed beautifully in a BT box and we have recently upgraded to BT Infinity - so I initially thought it was the modem that BT forgot to send us and passed it over to the old man. Normally he would just push it into the black hole under his desk, but luckily that day he decided to open it to see if the modem was different - it certainly was :) Phew close escape! Not complaining at all about the box - my own fault for not investigating further - but I am very pleased to see you recycle packaging.

    Many many thanks and I'll be back for more - Christmas is a coming at break neck speed :)

  4. Reading The Ancient Mariner has made me want to go to the sea today.

  5. You've created an enchanting little scene there, and clearly had a lovely day, too!

  6. Ooh I very much like the idea of poetry and pottery, beautiful piece.

  7. Hi, Cathy! Your sea scene is beautiful :o) Love it! Well done to you!
    And what a gorgeous piece by Lynne! She is so lovely lady :o)
    Happy and sunny Sunday to you dear friend

  8. Hi Cathy, Thanks for joining our blog and entering our giveaway. Good luck.

  9. Home sweet home! I gotta have a few cups of tea with my old friends!

  10. So much jolly seaside stuff. Lynn's cushion is lovely, as is your plaque :D

  11. Wow, I've never seen pottery like yours! It's so unique and so cute! Ceramic and pottery work is something I never tried as I think it takes a very steady hand (and patience!).

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!