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Every morning I water the peat circles and the paper with seeds. The plants are growing towards the light so are leaningĀ  as if they have been blown by the wind.

This morning I listened to the mediation cd about sacred space when I am getting organised. It’s a good way to get focused for the day.

I started to make list of things I need to organise while I am here doing this residency and in particular I need to organise a raku firing in Grennan Mill in Thomastown. I will contact everybody who made a tea bowl and invite them out to the raku firing. I hope to record this on video.

I emailed Gus Mabelson aboutĀ  organising the firing so I have to ring him on Monday about the details.

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Today I arrived in with an armload of sticks. I set to work removing the stakes and replacing them with the more organic shapes of the sticks. Ben was definitely right about the stakes, there was even a mention of dracula which made me laugh.

I was away visiting a friend at the weekend and met her wonderful friends. We were all invited back to one house and I noticed that there was a small area on the kitchen table given over to a sacred space and it was through this that we chatted about my work. At the mention of a sacred space she set about making a CD for me on the same theme.

I have just spent the morning listening to this while starting to make the tall tree like forms from clay.

making a tea bowl

Today I decided to use the potters wheel. Last week I brought it into the studio and it had remained idle for a few days. I threw some tea bowls all different shapes and sizes and I forgot how like meditation it can be. I have to focus on the clay and what is happening on the wheel.

Patrick O Connor came in today and made two tea bowls. Patrick was an Artist in residence in the same space a while back.

I am really enjoying watching the seeds grow on the peat forms and the way they lean towards the natural light. I want to use the whole space not just the floor so I started to think about other sacred spaces. The forest and woodlands are special places and for me there is a sense of awe at the beauty of them. I took some photos of the woods near my house early on Monday morning when the snow had fallen and I used these as a source of inspiration for drawing.

The mustard and cress seeds are growing.

These tree like forms will be hand built and raku fired.

I also had my first impromptu visit from a group of special needs people and they wanted to watch me throw a tea bowl( which i did). Some really enjoyed asking questions and were very inquistive. I enjoyed their brief visit.

Today Mary and myself went to Maidenhall near Bennettsbridge to pick daffodils. It was amazing to see so many daffodils in one place. We spent about an hour or over picking daffodils. It was such a beautiful day. There are so many different types or species of daffodils. Some in particular are very beautiful. While I was there I took some photos of the garden. I liked the maze effect to the hedges.

Yesterday I added two circular forms to the larger peat form. I also went across to the garden centre and bought some mustard and cress seeds which I planted in the large peat, sand and stone form. These seeds should grow over the next couple of days. I also comlpted another painting using similar tones and colours. I find making these painting very theraputic and almost like mediation as I get lost in the process.

I am off now to look for containers for the daffodils. These will become part of the sacred space that I hope to create throughout the 8 weeks in the Arts office.

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