What is it all about?

Welcome! My website, my art, my life.

I am a lot of things. A teacher, a potter, an entrepreneur, a wife, a dog-mum, a friend, an enemy, a daughter, a sister, on a good day a genius and on a bad one a flake.

The one word that I feel truly explains where my heart & soul live, is Artist.

Taking photos for this site
Lucy Barriball taking photos for this site

So I made this site, that is what you do right?  Tell someone you are an artist and they want to see your stuff on the screen?

Drawings
Drawings

I do things.  I draw, I collage, I paint and I play.

Playing with ceramic Jewellery ideas
Playing with ceramic Jewellery ideas

I love working with clay.  It has become my life, I share it weekly with others and when it come to making art, I ‘think’ in it.

Wigwam Ceramics
Wigwam Ceramics

Bruno, my husband and I are united in the love of ceramics.  We collect it we use it and we make it…. http://wigwamceramics.com/

Me teaching pottery
Me teaching pottery

I started teaching after university, in exchange for a studio space.  It hadn’t occurred to me as an option before then but it has become a way to meet and connect with people.

It is a simple business, but I make people happy which gives me a deep sense of worth & purpose.

http://theceramicsstudio.co.uk/

I love being my own boss, it suits me.  However, it can be very demanding and takes me away from my art work ….

Drawing trip
Drawing trip

I find committing to drawing trips with my friend Tim so helpful.

He is a great inspiration for me because he never stops working!

http://timcollard.wix.com/fineartist

My drawing buddy Tim Collard
My drawing buddy Tim Collard

The truth is I just don’t find it so easy to make,  I wish I did but accepting it is a good starting point.  I am never short of ideas and thoughts but the action of sitting down and doing is a battle.  Knowing what I need helps, lots of space and time to think and be ….

Simple living ...
Simple living …

Being creative is easy for me on holiday,  when I feel like I have permission to play and forget everything else.  But a few weeks a year is not enough!

Normandy, France
Normandy, France

So, I have decide that this is what this blog will be, a truthful account of my struggle to work.  My work itself, is often about rawness, truth and exposure so this seems appropriate.

I choose to be an honest genius rather than a fake flake.  Hopefully my vulnerability will inspire you to connect………..

To be continued : )