During my visit to the UK I was taken to see something unique - it was this church spire at Chesterfield. The story goes that when it was being built the devil flew over and the spire twisted to avoid being hit. Another is that it was built with green timber and as it dried the spire warped into this shape. More likely is that it was built this way in the first place and the stories came later.
These lovely pots by David Frith remind me a lot of some of the work I used to make. Cutting a freshly thrown piece then gently filling it out before finishing the neck creates a wonderful form. Slab bottles decorated as this one take considerable time and care. This is a real beauty!
Having gone down the steep street to visit Lincoln city we had to climb back up again to reach the car park which was hard work. The middle picture is one I missed before and is of the Cloisters of the Cathedral. The wooden ceiling was just so wonderful. And the last image is of a small part of the old city wall and the entrance gateway.
The Lord Tennyson and his dog statue is just near the Lincoln Cathedral - I do not know the artist or just when it was designed and made. The Modern Science Museum is much more recent and is well worth an extended visit. Exciting architecture!
To walk into the city from the Cathedral one goes down a very steep street with these wonderful old buildings. Near the bottom turn right into a small side street and find a fabulous coffee shop. A choice of ten different coffee beans ground fresh and served. The blueberry tart was mouthwatering.
David took the photo of me taking photos in the Cloister at Lincoln Cathedral. What I was trying to photograph was these windows with their patterns of thorns and grapes with leaves. Wonderful decoration.
Photographs do not really give a good indication of scale - Lincoln Cathedral is huge. It is hard to imagine the skills that were needed to build such a structure. The stone carving was also tremendous with such depth and beauty. Not that these gargoyles are very beautiful.
The Heron Migrates is the story of how a Japanese anagama kiln came to New Zealand. From Estelle and Bruce Martin's diaries from their trips to Japan and the building and firing of the Kamaka anagama. Soft cover with 400 photographs and drawings. 160 pages.
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