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May 3 / Melanie Hopwood

Spring Fair & Open Studios at The Hearth

BACK hearth spring event low rezIt’s all busy, busy at The Hearth this week, all prepping, primping and preening our studios and putting the finishing touches to work ready for our Spring Event at the weekend. My kiln is working overtime cooking up lots of lovely new pieces for the weekend and ready to send out to galleries near and far. If you are near The Hearth this weekend, do pop in, there are lots of lovely ideas to freshen up your home, your garden, your self for the long-awaited Spring. I’ll be around all weekend and look forward to welcoming you.

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Jan 26 / Melanie Hopwood

‘Stormy Landlines’ vessels

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Sep 21 / Melanie Hopwood

Landlines – developing colour and form

Pair of 'Landlines' Vessels'

Pair of ‘Landlines’ Vessels

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Landlines vessel

Landlines Vessel

Landlines Vessel

Aug 19 / Melanie Hopwood

I’m back and with buttons…

buttons_clay1So, it’s been a while – I’ve been on ‘maternity leave’ but been working away behind the scenes, got lots and lots of ideas and lots of new work, just need to find some time to get some decent photographs taken and uploaded. New sculptural pieces from my ‘landlines’ series taking over the studio in fact I might be able to find a photo of them in progress, yes, that can be my next post. These are some new buttons that I have been working on, getting ready for Horsley Wool Fair, this Saturday 22nd August 2015 10.30 – 4 do come along to The Hearth for lots of woolly business, demonstrations, sheep, and resident artists Open Studios. The buttons are currently in a stoneware glaze firing so hopefully I’ll be posting some successful pics of the finished items soon.

Jun 12 / Melanie Hopwood

Blue jewels and Fragments

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New porcelain and stoneware pendants. These ones are on their way up to Scotland, should have some more available in my studio soon. Got to stock up on some jewellery as have been concentrating on developing my ‘Layered Landlines’ pieces which have developed into ‘Fragments’ (pictured). Some on show until 21st June at The Queen’s Hall, Hexham.

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Apr 13 / Melanie Hopwood

Porcelain leaves ready for framing

leafx9_1Impressed porcelain leaves with handpainted oxides and underglazes prior to mounting. Amongst some of the things that I’ll have on show/for sale  at The Hearth ‘Paper & Print’ show http://bit.ly/1ifQQsT on 26th and 27th April. Come along and see what’s new in the studio, as well as loads of fantastic work by resident and visiting artists.

Apr 3 / Melanie Hopwood

Layered Land Lines series developing nicely

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Been working on some open platter forms in addition to developing some framed wall pieces, all incorporating embedded recycled glaze with overlaid matt glazes. Some platters currently on their way to Achiltibuie Artists’ Gallery. More on display, with the framed pieces at our next Hearth Studio event: Paper and Print on 26th & 27th April 2014. Better crack on and get making then…

Mar 20 / Melanie Hopwood

Burn Brae Lodge ceramics project

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word_stonesLate in 2013 and early 2014 I had the pleasure of working on a project with some of the residents and staff at Burn Brae Lodge, entitled ‘Discoveries and Delights’. The idea was to facilitate residents in creating various ceramic pieces to be situated in the beautiful grounds, that people could happen upon whilst strolling outside.  We settled on oversized flowers, butterflies and ‘wordy-stones’ an off-shoot of my own ‘Haiku Boulders’. Residents helped to make some of the ‘wordy-stones’ and then, using metal type, I impressed their words, thoughts and poems or other words that held a special significance.

Mar 20 / Melanie Hopwood

Chrysalis latest work

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Members, volunteers, everyone who comes to pottery at Chrysalis made a contribution to this sign, making and/or painting the handmade tiles. Special thanks to Dave Belcher for mounting and framing it. Pleased to see it is now gracing the entrance to The Torch Centre, Hexham, where Chrysalis meet every week.

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Mar 10 / Melanie Hopwood

Monday – Two new haiku

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momentary interruption

parted ripples join

 

the cold winds have blown

deep cut channels through the rock

an old story told