|The selection process in the Western Cape|
|The magnificent surroundings at Grande Provence|
|An general view of the CSA National Exhibition|
|Part of my entry on the National Exhibition|
The day after returning home from the selections I was off to England to attend a workshop with renowned ceramist Sasha Wardell in Bradford-on-Avon. I have been a longtime admirer of Sasha's work and through her book 'Slipcasting' she had unknowingly been a major contributor to the development of my Bone China work.
|One of Sasha Wardell's beautiful pieces|
|Turning a form on the lathe|
After the workshop it was off to London for two days. One of these was spent at the new ceramic wing at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
|Part of the display at the V & A Ceramic wing|
It seems ludicrous to call it a 'wing' as it comprises the entire sixth floor of the museum. This was truly an experience over which I will never get! Seeing works that I had hitherto only seen on the printed page or computer screen was phenomenal! So much work. Far to much to list, but to see Bodil Manz's magnificently proportioned cylinders, Edmund de Waal's incredible installation of over 400 pieces placed way above the viewer (about three floors) and also to see the work of legendary names like Ruth Duckworth, Colin Pearson and Walter Keeler was almost to much to take in. This was an experience that words can never justify and to say I was moved by the occasion seems trite, and yet I cannot ever remember being this effected by ceramic work.
|A bird's eye view of Edmund de Waal's incredible installation|