By Viewpoint

Michelle Freemantle Bowl

Continuing my series of ceramics vessels and food.  I decided to Blip Michelle Freemantle’s work today.  She’s recently been featured in an exhibition called `God’s Own Country’, which I presume was a virtual exhibition.

We met Michelle some years ago at an artists fair in Skipton Cattle Market when we bought four of these bowls.  They have served us well over the years and are still serving me well.  I love the fact that they invite you in to read the inscription and are always a bit more than they seem at first glance.  When we met Michelle she had been on a placement in a ceramic studio in Japan.  One thing she said that left a lasting impression on me is that people in Japan would never eat or drink from a vessel that was not aesthetically pleasing.  So since that meeting we have tried where possible to emulate it.  It also brought back memories for me of an exhibition of Everyday artefacts and objects from work and home in Japan that I saw in San Francisco many, many years ago.  The objects chosen were functional and often simple and beautiful, the exhibition was lit sensitively, and the impact has always stayed with me.

My day:  Tesco shop very early this morning and bird food collected from Argo on the way back.  Tai Chi this morning and a meeting perhaps more of a conversation in preparation for the Girls Aloud get together on Zoom on Friday evening.  Oh and I had to collect my delivery from a neighbours house - the driver had even taken a photo of the wrong door!

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