29 June 2022: Sun, Saltwater, Summer Drift

In recent weeks the town has returned to the hustle and bustle of summer holiday-making. It is great to see all this activity extended to Toppings bookshop opposite the gallery, its Georgian steps the venue for postings, memes, and tick-tockings. I love the sunny aspect of this Lara Scobie pot:

Lara Scobie, L3. (view 2) Shallow Bowl with 23ct. Gold Interior, Parian Clay £350

Summer in this part of the world makes me think of Edward Thomas’s poem Adlestrop, and how he forgot to mention ‘Wiltshire’ at the end.

Yes. I remember Adlestrop—
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop—only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Laurie Steen, brightness which brightness could not comprehend, Conte, Coloured Pencil on Archival Mylar, 74 x 99 cm (framed), Sold

This hot weather has one’s thoughts turning to the beach, and preferably a Cornish one… This is a lesser known spot:

David Atkins, Daymer Bay on a Spring Day II, oil on canvas 80 x 110 cm. £6,950


Mizuyo Yamashita is a potter who specialises, amongst other things, in the Japanese art of Kintsugi… we have just received four of her new black flagon forms:

Mizuyo Yamashita, Black Flagons, Stoneware. £150 each.

Anyone who loves someone else
already has a broken heart.
It’s the law: If you want that light
to flood your body, you must
expose the scars through which
it pours, for they are the source
of your beauty and your strength.
Think of the Japanese who fill
the cracks in a ceramic bowl
with pure gold, not only flaunting
those so-called flaws, but also
making each one a priceless vein
through which light now moves.

– James Crews, Kintsugi

And finally (for Christine),

Everyone who terrifies you is 65 per cent water.
And everyone you love is made of stardust,
and I know
you cannot breathe deeply, and
the night sky is no home, and
that you are down to your last 2 per cent,
nothing is infinite,
not even loss.
You are made of the sea and the stars, and
one day,
you are going to find yourself again.

– Finn Butler, Saltwater

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