Summer is a busy time for a girl covered in mud.

It’s been a long time since I updated you on what I’ve been up to. I’ve been having so much fun, such a busy spring and summer!

I’ve done a few last minute pop up sales. (I know, I should have told you about them.) And had my work in a few fundraising art auctions. (‘Shoulda told you that too.) And was displayed at the Pride In Art Festival at the Roundhouse. (My Bad)

I’m still throwing clay my usual (quite unusual) style, and teaching classes. But I’ve been working more on the wood fired pottery too. And now that I’ve gotten a bit more consistent in the fireing, I’m putting more energy into finding a local clay source. This will need to be a whole newsletter on its own.

In spring I went back to the Isle of Wight with my friend and stayed at his house again –  the house is mentioned in the Dooms Day Book, that makes it older than 1066. Last time I was there I went searching for ‘blue slipper clay”, but this time I found some even better clay to experiment with – and we found it in such a fun way. We were walking on the edge of a field of blooming rapeseed – waving fiery yellow in the breeze – when he pointed out a badger set, as I had never seen one. He suggested that the dirt that had been expelled by the badger looked like white clay – and it WAS! We gathered some up and I processed it – cleaned it all up, made it into a smooth workable clay – and made a small pinch pot. But I didn’t get a chance to fire it. When I go back, it will be waiting for me. I hid the clay and little pot in “Gunga Din’s cave’, an old potting shed no one uses anymore.

I’m very excited for my upcoming sale for Pagan Pride at Trout Lake on Sunday August 10th.I’ve been making some pretty special pieces, including rune beads and ritual bowls. At this Pagan Pride sale I’ll be starting to take orders for Yule commissions. I will make you a magical gift for the Viking in your life: a custom drinking horn, with a carved rune message. I can only make a certain number of these, so order yours as early as you can. Check out the examples below, andemail me if you’d like me to start working on some for you or your friends and family.

If you want to find me or my work I would love to see you at Pagan Pride, or to hear from you at anytime on any of my web or social media channels. Or you can find my stuff at the following places;

(more coming soon. I’ll let you know, I really will this time)

Wylde Wood Collective; River Market – upper level, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster

Scout & Co.; 3651 Moncton Street, Steveston

EWMA Gallery; 800 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

One last thing – have a blessed and fun Lughnasadh!

Ilena