The wanderer returns!

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Okay, so it’s been a while since I last posted…well anything! I have been ticking over and ventured around the world so I haven’t spent ALL my time watching series 1-4 (and waiting very patiently) for series 5 of Game of Thrones!
It has been around about a year since I last updated my page, so where have I been? well after exhibiting at Candid Arts Trust with the Ceramic, Furniture and Glass exhibition March 2014 and I then submitted a Vase from that same collection for exhibiting at the Aberdeen Artists’ Annual Exhibition in May which sold there as well.
I also created a new light which was meant to be my prototype but I managed to sell that as someone took a fancy to it.
Really though, I spent the majority of last year working and saving up money to go travelling with my friend Sarah. So the big trip around the world finally happened! After years of humming and hawing I finally made the decision to go. Where did travels take us I hear you ask? Well… we started in Iceland, which is a wonderful place. Reykjavik as a town was really interesting and we did the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa but my favourite had to be the trip to see the Geysirs and Gulfoss. It was wet and cold and we definitely didn’t appreciate it at the time as we had America on the horizon but looking back now it really was a highlight.

Next stop NYC! We arrived, it was hot and sticky and not all like Iceland and we had to humph they ridiculous backpacks through the concrete jungle that is New York. I greatly appreciated the ice cream and walk around central park once we gathered ourselves at the hostel. Fast track through America we did Atlantic City ( I won $40, Oh yeah!), Philadelphia, Washington DC where we saw and stayed with my lovely God Mother Kirsteen then onto Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. Memphis was cool but quite a scary place if you come off the beaten track. Although definitely worth it for Sun studios and Graceland! After that it was Dallas to Las Vegas! Bright light city all right! We had a horrendous Grand Canyon experience but we won’t get into that… San Francisco next with a bonus trip to Yosemite which I think was one of the best parts of our travels. Real life bears up close, camping in the mountains and breath taking views, I was blown away and I’m Scottish where we have that stuff in abundance. Los Angeles was next where we got treated by friends of Sarah’s family visits to Disney Land and Warner Bros studios,Hollywood sign, Cycling to Venice Beach I could feel my bucket list getting shorter by the day in LA.
Moving onto Fiji… Beach Comber and Mantaray Island were both stunning and it was just 5 days of sun sea and sand. It was like a holiday from our holiday and we met some lovely people there to top it off.
Finally the land that is Australia. we arrived in Melbourne where we were greeted by my family Rachael and Laura ( who now have a beautiful baby boy, congrats guys!) So this is where plans changed, we were meant to stay here and work for 3 months to boost the old money pot. However, Christmas was fast approaching and after such a busy first 7 weeks stopping brought up a whole bunch of homesickness that I unfortunately couldn’t shake and made the decision to return back to Glasgow for Christmas after only a few weeks in Aus. Sarah was great with me and we travelled the East Coast before I went home. We saw the Rainforest in Cairns, sailed the Whitsundays, did a 3 day trip on Fraser Island where we saw Dingoes and a real life snake!! Walked what felt like forever to the most easterly point of Australia at Byron Bay, It was worth it though and again through that trip we met some really lovely people and kept bumping into a good few of them down the east coast as everyone is doing the same thing. Then finally Sydney for the opera house, which isn’t that spectacular up close!
So that’s my story and like I said I wasn’t just being a couch potato. I’ve now gotten back into the swing of things making again and currently working in Aberdeen for Creative Learning at their Arts Across Learning Festival as a Hub host. I’ve met some really nice folk working for them and also some really cool artists…finally learned how to knit…YEY!
I make it my duty to contribute on a more regular basis about my goings on!
Until next time… 🙂

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Candid Arts Exhibition

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Candid Arts Exhibitiom

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Vases Jamie Louise McIntosh

Bone china Vases that I made for an exhibition in Islington London. The idea was experimenting with piercing holes in the clay in different areas of the vase to see if that made any difference while being fired in the kiln. Another thing I tried by chance was lighting the vases up and I am so glad I took these photos as they were completely transformed.

Teaching kids Pottery

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The start of the year has been pretty quiet on the making front but after coaxing myself into the workshop I’ve gotten back into the swing of it. For the mid-term break I decided to do a pottery activity with the kids in the out of school care I work at. It was intended to be a simple valentines day activity of making clay hearts but the kids had other ideas and wanted to get creative. So I decided to make it a proper lesson and showed them how to make little pinch pots and how to scratch and slip. Some of them really took to the techniques and made some really good wee pieces. Most importantly though, they all had fun! 

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Alice’s adventures in Wonderland…

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I thought I’d provide a little description of what theme my work was based around. Alice in Wonderland was always a fairy tale I loved and could relate to as I myself am one curious person, always wanting to know who what when where and why? I’ve tried to grasp aspects of it and not to be too literal with my connections to the stories, using key words like the unexpected, curiosity and nonsense. Initially I started off with playing on words and working from there. Now my work has developed from the play on words and taken on a whole new angle. There is quite a direct link to the Mad Hatter’s tea party with my work so far, however I generally feel that because the pieces are so obscure this link is not too cliche.  Keep watching to find out where things are going from here…Image