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Finding my joy : )

Posted on: June 1st, 2017 by Leyla Folwell No Comments

There is nothing like doing what you love!

I have been infatuated with clay since the tender age of 17 when I discover it on my General Art & Design course.

I insisted on leaving school to go to art collage, you can imaging my parents horror, but I was an artist from the day I could pick up a pencil.  My intention was to be a painter but I was totally seduced by clay…..

I still draw now, it is essential for incubation of ideas and my painting has now transferred to the surface of my pots…. I sometimes laugh at myself for this labour intensive canvas I have chosen!

Weirdly one of my favourite drawing subjects are historical buildings… I love to soften their ridged lines and make them fluid through the action of drawing.  For me this is capturing time and reflecting the fleeting human history, the people who built, designed, decorated them but yet were out lived by them…..

Somehow I feel this transfers in to my pottery making, we are here for such a short time it is so important to make every moment count…………

One of my best teachers has been Julia Cameron creator of the Artists Way. She has been a major inspiration to finding my happy place : )

If life doesn’t go right…..then go left!

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by Leyla Folwell No Comments

Things rarely work exactly to plan, I know this. At the grand age of 43 I have had my share of life’s little surprises and disappointments. I like to think I am flexible and can roll with it….

Moving from London Town to green and pleasant Warwickshire to marry my sweet-heart – what a whirlwind that was!

But sadly after pouring energy in to relocating The Ceramics Studio and setting up the Wigwam range our romance had run its course.

A little like the hang over after the party, there I was wondering where I belonged.  After much contemplation I realised there is no going back, only going forward, bloom where you are planted right?

So I am putting Wigwam Ceramics back together, alone for now, but I have more grand plans for a collaborative project in the near future.

I guess this is an apology, I didn’t mean to neglect you! Time just flew and I lost myself there for a while! It is hard to make happy work with a broken heart.

I am going to make it up to you and fill your life with joyous ceramics that will make you glad to be alive! Watch this space please………..

Thanks for understanding xx

 

Blooming Busy!

Posted on: July 24th, 2015 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
Tres Beau : )

Tres Beau : )

There is TOOOO much to tell you! Things are going great here!

Teepee Showroom

Teepee Showroom

We did Lunar Festival back in June http://lunarfestival.co.uk/

Clay Workshop

Clay Workshop

We took our wares and ran some fun clay stuff for the kids : )

Open Studio

 Warwickshire Open Studios

Straight after that we took part in http://www.warwickshireopenstudios.org/

Incredibly well organized and well attended!

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Evgenia Golubeva

Also have started collaborating with artist Evgenia Golubeva,

http://evgeniagolubevaceramics.bigcartel.com/

Wigwam Garden

Wigwam Garden

In-between all that we started a little garden next door : ) …… continued

Tranchee and La Somme

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
http://ventdesforets.org/

http://ventdesforets.org/

Vent des Forets, a wonderful area in France where beautiful woodland

has turned in to a host for over 200 sculptures.

http://ventdesforets.org/

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

We went specially to see Tranchee, after being mesmerized this video on Facebook

http://www.alexandra-engelfriet.nl/film-II.php

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

This deep crevice dug to mimic the WW1 trenches.

20 tons of clay sculpted by the artist using her body,

squirming and crawling in the mud.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

Fired in situ, by filling the trench with wood and firing for 7 days.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

There was an eeriness to it ….you could almost feel

the presence of people in these negative body shaped marks.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

A very powerful piece could not have been created

with actual representation….

I felt echos of soldiers down there.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

It was made in 2013 and nature is already taking over …

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

The grey area’s are where the wood-fire was higher in temperature.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

You can see where the lower fired red has already started

to crumble into the ground

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

Lumps are falling month by month and Tranchee will not last forever …

Vent des Forêts, Mairie. France.

Vent des Forêts,
Mairie. France.

Eventually the ground will fill and heal and nature will take over.

A perfect way to illustrate this moment in time,

now still but never forgotten.

La Somme, France

La Somme, France