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with a ripple wing, and teasel tiara
and a not so cosy armchair
or throne ……… Tout Quarry is just one of Portland’s many hidden gems.
You can see the colours used in order in the next post.
to sit and create
with a wonderful bunch of artists and
and a perky little terrier ……..
After the slow business and concentration of learning the new skill of stone carving, Miss E thoroughly enjoyed working with clay and made this delightful leaping dolphin
Exploring a familiar medium in a different way
The dolphin was left to dry and the conversation turned to how the clay was used and stored etc, so Sarah showed Miss E how to recycle clay by smashing it with a hammer,
mixing it with water…………. and swidging it about
and then ..
which when held up to the light
gained magical halos where the paper had absorbed the water.
It was wonderful to watch this process unfold as E was supported by Sarah to explore things as they emerged, E always taking a next creative step with what she was doing.
can you see it?
and so a print was made.
For want of a printing press Granny’s great weight was used and because even that was not quite enough to make a decent print, I picked Elfie up and we jumped up and down on the board and … ta dah!
She now had a picture of a .. oh , it turned into a tiger prowling towards the viewer. E was down on her hands and knees demonstrating just how the tiger was moving …
The three of us were entirely absorbed for those two and a half hours of wonderful exploration – a very special time – and so lovely to be able to share it with you all.
Sarah runs workshops for all ages and family groups – tis a fabulous experience and makes a great present. Take a look at this website to find out more.
E just loves Sarah’s studio and enjoyed looking at, and talking to Sarah about, different pieces there
and how to make shapes and marks on the stone.
She worked with a chisel and a mallet to make a carving of a shark leaping up over the edge of the piece of stone and then did some
Stone carving is hard work for a 6 year old but she worked for about 45 mins before needing a break.
She discovered that when you come across a fossilised shell in the stone the stone is harder to work.
We went down to sea to look at the rocks that had been broken by the storms and found fossils in them.
and found a warm sunny ledge to have our picnic lunch on and watch the fishermen
and do some knitting – the crocheted blanket was great charity shop find which lives at the hut and the knitting will be a jacket for Miss E.
It was a really special creative time at Granny’s Hut
Miss E also worked with clay – pictures of her creations to follow in another post.
Following on from the previous post: A few more pictures of our very enjoyable Open Studio day yesterday
When my children we younger we used to walk here and they had to find Granny-by-the-sea before we had our picnic.