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Three women sitting in front of a screen with pictures of a vase

Talk at the Tate

I took part in an ‘art chat’ at Tate Modern on Friday as part of their monthly Tate Lates series. This one was called ‘The L Word’ and the whole evening was a celebration of ‘Queer’ culture – or Lesbian and Gay as I would call it. That would be inaccurate though since, in ‘queer’…
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a woman sitting next to a large pot

What would be your top five?

What would be your top five pots? You what?! Top five? I’ve been making pots for thirty five years! A curator from Tate Modern has asked me this very question. On Friday June 24th, I shall be at Tate Modern Late to take part in one of the ‘Art Chat’ sessions they run on these…
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White square vase with black trees drawn on it

Tree Vase 1, (2016)

I sold a vase yesterday. It was quite unexpected. I had forgotten I still had it. I received a call from a regular buyer: ‘The vicar’s retiring,’ she said, ‘we want to get him a present. Have you got any of your Wootton pots left?’ She thought he might like one of the tree vases.…
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Goblet shaped pot with flowers and a head painted on it

Writing on Pots

The first thing is that I don’t write poetry, as such. I write pot rhymes. They’re the equivalent of the birthday card rhymes. They need to fit on the pot so they’ll probably be short and I like my rhymes to tell a story, however simple that might be. I’ve just written one that is…
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Bowl with decorative script

‘Pimp State’: work in progress

There’s a sudden burst of work in the studio now. I’m trying to get as many pots done as I can for a photo session on June 27th. I started Pimp State at the beginning of the year, I think. It has a companion piece – ‘A Map of the Global Sex Trade.’ ‘Pimp State’…
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Three women sitting in front of a screen with pictures of a vase

Talk at the Tate

I took part in an ‘art chat’ at Tate Modern on Friday as part of their monthly Tate Lates series. This one was called ‘The L Word’ and the whole evening was a celebration of ‘Queer’ culture – or Lesbian and Gay as I would call it. That would be inaccurate though since, in ‘queer’…
Read More
a woman sitting next to a large pot

What would be your top five?

What would be your top five pots? You what?! Top five? I’ve been making pots for thirty five years! A curator from Tate Modern has asked me this very question. On Friday June 24th, I shall be at Tate Modern Late to take part in one of the ‘Art Chat’ sessions they run on these…
Read More
White square vase with black trees drawn on it

Tree Vase 1, (2016)

I sold a vase yesterday. It was quite unexpected. I had forgotten I still had it. I received a call from a regular buyer: ‘The vicar’s retiring,’ she said, ‘we want to get him a present. Have you got any of your Wootton pots left?’ She thought he might like one of the tree vases.…
Read More
Goblet shaped pot with flowers and a head painted on it

Writing on Pots

The first thing is that I don’t write poetry, as such. I write pot rhymes. They’re the equivalent of the birthday card rhymes. They need to fit on the pot so they’ll probably be short and I like my rhymes to tell a story, however simple that might be. I’ve just written one that is…
Read More
Bowl with decorative script

‘Pimp State’: work in progress

There’s a sudden burst of work in the studio now. I’m trying to get as many pots done as I can for a photo session on June 27th. I started Pimp State at the beginning of the year, I think. It has a companion piece – ‘A Map of the Global Sex Trade.’ ‘Pimp State’…
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earthenware goblet with decorated stem

The Poisoned Chalice

I have space in the kiln to fill so this is often when I experiment. I have been thinking about making a ‘self portrait as a poisoned chalice,’ and this is as good a chance as any. I’ve made goblets before. The first lot were mould-made cups, perched on slab rolled stems with a slab…
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