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Sweet Heaven

Sunday afternoon, 1958. Between Life with the Lyons and Sing Something Simple on the Home Service, my father is in the kitchen making his special treacle toffee. Clattering and tut-tutting, he lays out everything with military precision on the daffodil yellow Formica table.  In crisp blue and white striped apron, he looks like a butcher but… Read More Sweet Heaven

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Tiffin Tins and Cooking Pots

When Soak Becomes Spill, the monumental stainless steel sculpture by Subodh Gupta, greets you at the entrance to Hauser & Wirth Gallery in Bruton, Somerset. The huge elongated bucket, brimming over with hundreds of cooking pots, tiffin tins and small vessels, dominates the forecourt of the site, and prepares the visitor for an unusual and… Read More Tiffin Tins and Cooking Pots

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Think less, feel more

I have just finished a ten week Life Sculpture course at Bath College.  It was one of the best things I’ve done for a long time. I had no idea what to expect as I have done nothing like it before. Never done Life Drawing. Not made anything in clay since primary school – and… Read More Think less, feel more

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The Winds and Words of War

‘The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make.’ Woodrow Wilson, on the State of… Read More The Winds and Words of War