I am writing this on the Sunday of the May bank holiday weekend,as usual for a bank holiday there has been lots of rain and very cold as well,it’s struggled to get above 8 degrees.I went to see the two ships,one in the Thames,HMS Ocean moored there for the olympics,the other the Cutty Sark built before the first modern olympiad.



When the tide is out it exposes a foreshore on which you can walk.Here there is the remainder of  the waster heaps that were used to reinforce the river bank.There are 3 centuries of mistakes here, there are rims to jars,bases of jugs and all sorts of shapes and sizes.Picking up a shard is a direct contact to someone from the past.




About timbartell

I was born in a flat in Lambeth the name of which was, Wedgewood house,China walk estate.I'd forgotten this until recently,it dawned on me the significance of the names after I had become interested in pottery/ceramics.I think of myself as a potter in the most practical sense,making pots for people to use.I have never had any formal training,I took it up when the table tennis class was full.My first flat was in the same road as a pottery centre, Elmwood pottery, the best in London, 18 sessions a week and a real community. I love my craft and bore everyone with it, so am grabbing this chance to bore more people via this blog.There may be the odd interesting item, here's hoping.
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