Firstly I gained an extra day this week to go into my studio to start on some new play things – new shapes and objects to compliment the tea bowls and dishes. On Wednesday I met up with Charlie Salaman at Sladers Yard in West Bay, Dorset to see yet more Akiko Hirai pots. I really admire her output, tenacity, rigour in making and especially her signature glazing. This magnificent Moon Jar was the centrepiece – globby and gorgeous. Charlie gifted me with one of the few pots he actually likes, which he has been making recently. Again, repeated firings, all manner of glazes and stuff such as broken glass, make every piece an experiment to the point of disaster. The base reminds me of Rembrandt paintings, the top half a waterfall, and inside is a pool of bluegreen glass. Lovely. Finally, on Friday Robin and I visited the Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey, Devon. I’d not been before and was very impressed with the organisation, and quality of exhibitors. With a dog in the car we were more pressed for time, but could easily have stayed another couple of hours. In the end I crumbled and bought a small bottle from Deiniol Williams – wood fired, globby, sharp, icecream glazes – fab! I could have easily snuck a few more of his dishes and goblets under my coat and run fast! Lots and lots of jewellery, but having a jeweller myself on site means if I see something he could make it for me (when he has the time!). Now that I see these three images together I can see a theme for the week – knarly, nobbly, glossy, texture, free making, beautiful objects. Inspiring.