Mandarin Oriental Hotel Commission

My Taipei hotel commission is finally completed! I was asked by a firm of interior designers in London to create some ceramic flower designs for the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Taiwan.They have now been installed inside the archway behind glass and a metal grille. 

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Originally, my brief was to create the porcelain flowers for the ceiling in their grand ball room. I loved the idea of an entire ceiling covered in flowers!

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Perhaps next time?

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Above a field of sunflowers in Ukraine, July 2014

When I heard about the airplane shot down above Ukraine, I felt an almost physical pain. I think it was the smiling faces of the victims on the news, pictures of scattered teddy bears and guide books to Bali that made the situation almost unbearable. The images of sunflowers and blue skies looked idyllic next to the mangled remains of what used to be flight MH 17.

After a few days I had this dream, or vision, where people rose like angles from the sunflowers and into the arms of the Godhead or Gaia. I am not sure how these pictures entered my mind, but they did, and I would light a candle and actively try to visualize how all these lost souls found their way home in peace and joy.

I drew the image, and then I started to make a ceramic plaque – just to strengthen the vision and make it as real as I possibly could. I wanted to use the image to give more power to my prayer.
This is the start;

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I got stuck while making the angels…I spent several days trying to create these symbols of resolution, willing  ‘a happy ending’ upon an intolerable situation.
But it felt wrong. I made so many different versions of angels and they all looked Disney-fied to me. They were almost cute. Beatrix Potter meets Meinrad Craighead.  I felt uneasy and spent days just walking around hating my work.  I could not understand why. I was praying with images, after all. Why did it feel so false? Where had my sense of purpose gone?

Then I sensed the anger and the fury and the confusion emanating from inside those fields in Ukraine. Again, the sensation was almost physical.
I realized that I had not been listening  properly; I had been trying to force a neat little conclusion on to an ongoing situation by turning all these people into happy little Spirits, flying up and uniting with the Great Goddess.

I don’t know what happens after death. But I have a feeling that life may go on much as usual with challenges and bewildering situations. I feel that the anger and the fury still rages among the sunflowers. But the Goddess is there. She is always there.

So, this is how the plaque ended up looking for now. It still needs to be fired and glazed.

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Ceramic Plaque

This is the final edition of the ceramic plaque I started a week or so ago

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Now all I have to do is to make sure it doesn’t warp during the drying process!

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Ceramic plaque, July 4th

I am using paper clay for a series of dream – diary inspired plaques; this is the first one in the series.

Day one; after a few hours in the studio,  thoughts and dreams begin to escape from my head and show themselves to me..I am expecting dire nightmares but feel cool as a cucumber…The monster top left IS blowing fire, but I’m not scared. Yet.

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Leaves and flowers are sprouting from my ear…yeah.

Day two;

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More leaves and a dragon fly. There are also some more flames coming out of my head…

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I have now paced the studio floor for hours and I think this is it…
I’m going to wait until tomorrow to see if there is more.

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Summer solstice fox

Picking raspberries for breakfast this beautiful solstice morning. And there he is…
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Foxy. Fast asleep in the early morning sunshine.
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I can hear him snore as I tiptoe closer … Will he rush off in a panic if I get too close?

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But breakfast calls…So needs must; I start crashing through the raspberry canes, reaching for the juicy red glorious berries…Mmm

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As I tramp about filling my bowl, the cool little fox just turns over, yawns, and, covering his nose with his beautiful tail,  falls back into a dream.
I have never fed him, and I don’t know how he got so tame. The only thing he seems to fear around my house and garden is…
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The Skittle Cat. Lord of all he surveys. Should have called him Greebo.

Happy Solstice, everyone.

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…and still, I rise

This has to be one of the most life confirming poems. It is written by Maya Angelou.

May she rise, far and wide, in her new adventure.

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Garden and Fox

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So many plans for tidying up the garden today; but how can I mow my lawn with a fox fast asleep in the middle of it?
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So instead I do some light weeding; the recent rain has made everything shoot up overnight

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The tree fern is looking very impatient…

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Fox is curious about my chicken poo pellets

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The bees are mad about my echium pininana

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…and fox says; chill.

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A clutch of Fat Birds winged their way out of the studio over the last few days

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which is rather nice.

I am beginning to plot new adventures in the studio; it is great to be able to enter without experiencing palpitations.

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Hastings May Day/Jack in the Green

Sunshine, and I finally join the throngs of people gathered to love this town, celebrate and release the spirit of Spring; they’ve been hard at it for days – I’ve heard the drums echoing between the hills and up the valley.
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I am greeted by the Green Man; he daubs my nose with green paint
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…weaving my path in and out between people

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I come across a golden man with a pained expression

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The Pentacles are drumming…drumming and their beat anchor me to the ground
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A giantess arrives.
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Followed by Asterix
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The drums fill me with joy, smiley people in fancy head gear; yeah, it’s all good.

But, soon, very soon I am back on the hills and can gaze upon the gatered humanity from a distance.
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The sun is covered in a light mist and it has turned hot and humid

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Chilled people enjoying their lovely town…

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Bluebells glimmering amongst the bracken, and on the other side of the valley people are ritually slaughtering Jack, releasing the Spirit of Spring for another year.

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New Beginnings…

I’m finding a huge confirmation regarding the issues I wrote about in my previous post. I wrote about shedding my career as a sculptor, selling my house and about not knowing my next step forward.
This astrological reading reminds me of an old Dylan song that goes something like;
‘Well, now time passed and now it seems
Everybody’s having them dreams
…I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours’

The syncronicity is staggering.

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