Recent goings on

This years rememberance day was a bit special for our family,on 29th September 1915 my grandad was killed at the battle of Loos.

The memorial that he is listed on was re-instated after developers bought the drill hall that it was attached to,  finally it was restored and unveiled ( not complete ) so that respects could be paid, I was suprised at the attendance.My generation will be the last people who met and talked to them,my other Grandad survived to tell me the horror stories.

IMG_0418IMG_0415We been doing the Christmas markets some are good others not. The Weald and Downland Christmas market was very very wet,but there was more people attending than ever before we did really well and I enjoyed meeting quite a few people that we’d seen before.Thank you to all those who found us in IMG_0424our little 1640’s cottage.


I have been really lazy in the workshop,the re-cycle bucket was looking more like an ice cream cone than a bucket.The pugmill an instrument of torture had to be completely dismantled and cleaned,the nuts and bolts holding it all together didn’t fit on the re-assembly ( very strange ) I eventually made it work and work is the word, I made vows never to let it get to this stage ever again, as I made vows last time it got as bad as this.


For four years now we have been a part of the Carshalton frost fair, we were there again this year, it has always had a special atmosphere. The wind was a problem this year but no one lost their  gazebos,but there were some very big gusts. We did really well and were not that far from the carols,Salvation army band and other entertainments, father Christmas came round with his two helpers elf n safety. The solar powered lighting came on and it was all twinkly, very festive, we were shattered by the time we got home, an enjoyable day.

IMG_0448IMG_0450Dates are already filling up for 2016 .

Next wood firing 10.March 2016 will have to start making for that,yippeee.



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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