Friday 22 February 2013


It has been a busy week, but rewarding. The opening of the Wesca Encounters exhibition at the Dorset County Museum has provided me with some artistic inputs, a meet the artists session was very revealing and useful to better understand where they are coming from. I urge everyone to visit the show, you've got until June, but don't leave it too late.
Tomorrow we stage the first workshop as part of Encounters, John Bartholomew is masterminding a bronze casting session at the Upwey Village Hall, working with the various methods of creating the molds into which the molten metal is poured. I shall be there with my video cameras.

This evening we celebrate William Barnes' birthday - an excuse for me to play the village idiot again!

Thursday 14 February 2013

Juggling The Dates

This morning I made a list of the events I am attending in 2013, usually a displacement activity, but I think very useful to check I am not trying to be in more than one place at the same time! The calendar looks fairly full already.

The Upwey Potters met this afternoon, to discuss our activities, in particular the annual exhibition 25th May to 9th June, which is part of the Artwey Open Studio event, for which I am busy doing the design of the map.
The potters have arranged to meet again soon with the aim of updating the website with some new images and text for 2013.

Friday 8 February 2013

Encounters - The Set-Up

I've just been up to the Dorset County Museum to see how the setting up is going for Wesca's Encounters exhibition. I am very impressed with all the work being hung. My plinth is providing a challenge for the curators, but I am sure they will cope very well!

Wednesday 6 February 2013

Artwey Open Studio 2013

I've been working on processing the text and images for the Artwey Open Studio event in 2013, happening 25th May to 9th June throughout Weymouth and Portland. With my Artseeker hat on I look after the Artwey website and do the graphic design for the printed map.
I am always amazed at the talent of local creative people, seen from the images submitted.
I am really looking forward to participating in the event with the other Upwey Potters. More anon....

Monday 4 February 2013

EXARC and other August Bodies

I have recently joined EXARC, an international body devoted to promoting experimental archaeology, by helping both individual practitioners and institutions such as Open Air Museums.
As an experimental archaeologist, I am interested in seeking new information about particular technologioes and also finding out about how others "in the same field" behave.
I am a great believer in the aggregation of effort (management speak for the benefits of working within networks so that everybody involved gets a better deal). I have spent my life getting involved with "August Bodies", with that in mind. Sometimes I doubt my wisdom and at other times the benefits leap out at me.Let's hope EXARC turns out to be a good move.