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Cerddwch y Llinell / Walk The Line

Welcome all to my Spring newsletter. Thank you for subscribing to my quarterly edition. In the future I will be sending out in Spring/Summer, Autumn and Winter only. I will be however blogging more frequently so you can catch up with any news here.

 

News

For people who don't know, over the last few months I have been working with Dr Louise Ritchie, a lecturer in Performance Drama and TV at Aberystwyth University. Out of this fruitful placement has come a parallel project to 'Singing the Line into Existence' called 'Walk the Line'; this concluded in us walking 22miles of the 56 miles from Carmarthen to Aberystwyth over the weekend in February which marked exactly the date when the line closed on 22nd Feb 1965.

We had a small film camera attached to us and we carried audio recorders and a hand held camera. A film maker/ photographer joined us documenting sections of the tracks. Louise and I walked and drove (yes it felt a bit like cheating to us too, but a lot of the land was privately owned). We braved the bad weather, and overgrown terrain, we pushed through sore ankles, wet feet, wet clothes and cold hands.

The experience was absolutely awesome, full of opportunistic meetings, chance encounters and synchronicity. I have never walked that far before or used it as part of my art practice. We walked with focus and purpose to move the body, embracing the present and reflecting on the past. A fact finding mission walking and observing, and to basically stay on the right track. A lot have ideas have seeded in our minds we just need to re-pot them, giving them plenty of time and space to grow and bloom. We will be blogging about our adventure and the project as it progresses. During the walk we had a face book events page, where we uploaded photos and kept people up to date with our adventure. Please take a look here

We have had some disappointing news however, the hard drive containing the footage malfunctioned and it will cost us £400 for it to be repaired with no guarantee of ever retrieving the footage. To say we are gutted is an understatement. We have decided that we will either consider it as another part of the narrative of this project as it is quite poignant; we could see the loss of the line and the lost footage as poetic. Or we could make a Face Book/email crowd funding campaign to raise money to pay for the hard drive to be repaired, as we captured some awesome moments on this walk and the project means so much to us. We have yet to move forward with this but stay posted with our project through the blog here

 Exhibition Review

As you know I am a little obsessed with trains and travel, so I was looking forward to going to the private view of Robert Davies’ Of Time and the Railway at gallery one at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Filmed from the driver’s cab of a train, the film is about the passage of time and the changing landscape of England and Wales, both literally and historically.

Made over 86 different days between October 2013 and February 2015, the film compacts a year in the life of a train and the landscape they pass through into a single mesmerising journey.

For one hour and 51 minutes, the viewer is taken on a meditative voyage through the night from Birmingham, to Shrewsbury in the morning, then on to Newtown and the Welsh mountains in the afternoon, before finishing at Aberystwyth at sunset.

Along the way the English and Welsh landscape moves through late summer, into autumn and the full folds of winter. It was absolutely beautiful and inspiring you can find out more here

 

  Shop and Workshops

I have a small gallery at my studio and an online shop. Please go to my website and take a look here at what I have.
I am now supplying Aberaeron Tourist Information Centre
I also welcome commissions! contact me here for a consultation

Workshops Term time and holidays

For more info and to book please go to www.joannabond.co.uk

During the sessions students will have the opportunity to explore the versatile qualities of clay, using an array of craft tools and pattern making techniques and at the end take their piece home to dry and paint. Please phone to book a time the suits.

Full day session – £36

10 – 5 pm
With half an hour break for lunch. Drinks provided but bring your lunch.

Half Day Session – £18
Either 10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm
Snacks and drinks provided

Taster Session – I hr 30min     £10

Adult Pottery Classes

During this course students will have the opportunity to develop their creativity whilst exploring the versatile qualities of clay; learning techniques such as drawing and designing for pottery, tile making, pattern making and texturing, slab building and colouring using slips oxides and glazes.

Every Thursday morning

10am - 12:30pm

Cost £110
(six sessions)

Jug workshop £80 materials included

First session 10am – 4:30 plus second session 10am -12 pm

On this 2 part course I will show you how to make a beautiful slab built jug, patterned using leaves, stamps, found objects and other materials.  Work will be left to dry for a week then bisq fired ready for your return in two weeks time.  For the second part (this is a shorter day) you will learn about staining with oxides, glazing and preparing your jug ready for the final firing.  Work will be ready to collect a few weeks later.

 


 

Open Studio and Llangrannog Market

look out for this art trail sign

Summer open studio

Summer will be here in a blink of an eye, if you are heading this way, why not come and see me at my studio, I offer visitors a cup of tea and talk,  I also have a selection of my work for sale. Or why not visit while the Ceredgion Art Trail is on, ten days in August when around 200 artists show their work in some 70 venues including artists own studios. Have a look round, talk to the artists and find out more about their work – all in the beautiful countryside of West Wales. I will be opening my studio during the week 22ed -31st you can find out more here.

 

 

 

 

The Llangrannog Market starts again Wednesday morning May 6th. This wonderful local Producers market in the village of Llangrannog, a stone throw away from the beach, provides an outlet for local growers, producers and crafts people.

Please feel free to share this with anybody you think might be interested.

Thanks for reading and have a great Spring and Summer

Joanna x


 

 


 
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