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July updates....

Well I had a very nice trip back up to Southwold over the weekend to resupply Buckenham Gallery manager, Becky Munting- with some small sculptures and lots of lovely new Raku bowls! 
It was very hot at Southwold beach- too hot for me- and you'd think by now I'd be used to "frying" over a hot kiln...So  after visiting the Gallery I cooled off with a pint of Adnams real ale up at the Pier! Well someone's got to....and after all it is brewed in Southwold. 

Have a look at Buckenham Galleries web page for more details

Ok- I've also been busy restocking my Folksy Gallery on the internet with some little nice pieces- going quite a bit cheaper than normal. The main reason is to clear some studio space and yes - buy some some more clay with the proceeds.(You read my mind again...) This time there's sculptures I want to work on- and there's that Crater glaze to experiment with....

You can browse my latest sale over on Foksy here:


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New work at Galleries just in!

Lots of new pots just arrived at Builth Wells at Erwood  Station Gallery. Also new stock just in at Sota Gallery in Witney.
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