Fortunately the UK and Australia both drive on the left hand side and with a Sat Nav and a competent driver like my husband, it was an enjoyable adventure.
We stayed in Penally which is not far from Tenby...
|Penally garden - Yukka plants are a popular exotic in both the UK and Ireland|
|close up of Clematis vine on fence - many varieties all over Ireland and Wales (they are not easy to grow in my Sydney coastal area as they need cool roots to flower.)|
Tenby is a popular holiday town
|Welsh country road|
|not much room to pass and oncoming vehicles appear suddenly but everyone is happy to let you pass, just take turns pulling over where you can|
|Welsh country road with view|
But what about the pots I hear you ask...Well what a treat..
We discovered the prettily located Gwili Pottery
|Gwili Pottery, Pontarsais, Carmarthen, Wales UK|
|Chris at work in the studio|
|Mugs in the making|
We had a lovely chat with them both about clays and firing and decorating with slips and a gorgeous mug has found a new home in my kitchen.
|Kelly working with slips to decorate a bowl|
|the mug which came home with me|
The pottery has a Facebook page: link here and a website: link here.
The Welsh town names are fascinating and quite unpronounceable to my Aussie tongue..
I had heard a lot about Aberystwyth in regards to pottery and so we took a drive to check it out...
I should have done some better research before getting there, The Arts Centre is at the University and from the road appears to be a venue for performing arts only... after checking with the Tourist Info office we found it was the right place afterall, so back we went and I had an hour or so of browsing while my better half read a book.
It was such a treat:
|Elizabeth Fritsch was one I admired while researching handbuilding during my studies|
|Lucie Rie bowl|
|Lucie Rie narrow necked vessel|
|Lucie Rie - same bowl showing inside|
|Lucie Rie - narrow necked vessel|
|Hans Coper - vessel|
|another Elizabeth Fritsch vessel|
|Contemporary student work - amazing detail - 40? shades of grey|
|Love the precision of these yellow bowls too|
|a nod to the Welsh traditions|
|Raku pigs and sheep - had seen these in a book/mag before but so good to see them in the flesh|
From Wales we spent a few days in Somerset before packing for our return to Sydney in a dear little village called DowlishWake which is the home of Perry's Apple Cider.
|the apple orchard|
And then it was back home to get over my jet lag so I could attend a talk and demonstration by Euan Craig The Potter from Japan. Watch the next post...
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