Lifting out a crucible of molten bronze from the furnace
A brilliant week but on one of the hottest days of the year I am mostly wearing leather - today was the pour for the bronze casting course at Morley College. I am helping the fabulous Terry Jones. Some very good work by a great group of students who break open the moulds in the morning. In the picture:- me on the left, the amazingly brilliant Terry Jones in orange and Mycroft.
Alas and alack and much woe. Despite the Olympics not even due to start for another 10 days, it is increasingly difficult to get to the studio. Being right on the park boundary doesn't help. Carpenters Road use to be home to the largest hub of artists studios in Europe, sadly almost all are under the stadium now and my space is just one of the very few left. Being so close I have been subjected to ghastly wailing noises and loud music which presumably are all part of the rehearsal for the games. The traffic has been really grim for the last couple of weeks and will be worse as we are now restricted with games lanes (£130 fine for going even onto the white line apparently) and the tube has been heaving for the last fortnight so I have no intention of trying to brave the crowds at Stratford unless I absolutely have too. Last night I collected some stone and some tools to work at home. I have a lot of finishing off to do, a lot of unbelievably dull sanding so future blogs will probably précis all the radio 4 and world service programmes that keep me sane while I have been sanding away. I had a brilliant time at the studio, I think I was the only person there for most of the afternoon and started filling a workbench that has drawers with tools, before carrying on with finishing another piece in the Mossom series, Mossom is still in the RA. It is taking ages to thread the wire through but the results are well worth it. I gave in when there were helicopters hovering overhead for nearly half an hour. As I write there are goldfinches on the bird feeder and they are becoming regular visitors along with a flock of sparrows. I shall try not to disturb them too much while I am working outside over the next couple of months.
Well the sun shone on me yesterday! Somehow I managed to pick the only rain free day to walk miles carrying a brolly and jacket when I popped down to Kew Gardens and see the David Nash residency/show. This is highly recommended,-the show, I mean, not the bit about looking like a pack horse!-huge lumps of wood in different configurations. Some like the eucalyptus really was just a huge lump, a trunk on its side, 8' high and 20' long, I think that would keep me going for the rest of my days! The best bit was hearing a cheery laugh and coming face to face with Fred and Jelka Pollock out celebrating 37 years of marriage! Well done both, that it a real achievement.
The big bit of eucalyptus!
I went off to see Fred's show at Delphina in Bermondsey St, SE1 this morning and it is brilliant, full of vibrant, sumptuous colour and so embracing, it just pulls you in. I have always been a fan and his work gets better every time I see it. http://www.poussin-gallery.com/site.php?artist=8