A few weeks ago I spent an amazing few days in the Lake District exploring part of this year’s Tour of Britain route. I was lucky enough to see the Lakes on one of those rare days when the sun is shining and the tops are clear. It was stunning! The outcome of my trip was four new images celebrating the Tour of Britain’s passage through the lakes on the 5th September this year. Here they are as coaster. They will be available to buy from 5th September online and with a few galleries and Art in the Pen, Skipton before hand.
The four image are:
The Struggle, a long, steep narrow road winding up from Ambleside to join Kirkstone Pass. One of the King of the Mountain stages.
Ullswater Lake with its stunning mountain background and the classic Ullswater steamer.
Keswick, showing its town and famous Moot Hall, Derwent Lake, the Castlerigg stone circle and Skiddaw in the background
Grasmere with Rydal and Grasmere Lake, Dove Cottage where Wordsworth was born and the church where he was buried.
I’ve had a wonderful few months visiting parts of Yorkshire that I knew nothing about like Middlesbrough and Doncaster and finding some lovely surprises like Anish Kapoor sculpture in Middlesbrough and the Mansion House and amazing markets in Doncaster. I learnt how the cyclists used to carry their bikes over the top of the Transport Bridge to avoid the toll charges and had an amazing windy and misty drive over the N. York Moors and Blakey Ridge – now on my to do cycling list. I spent a lovely day sampling the delight of beautiful Beverley and also revisited two of my favourite towns for cycling Settle and Knaresborough. Here are the results as coasters:
All these images and many more from the Tour de Yorkshire, Tour de France, Tour of Britain and Eroica Britannia are available as prints, coasters and greeting cards in my online shop. You can also find a selection of my work in shops and galleries around the region.
Win a boxed set of four of my new 2016 Tour de Yorkshire coasters.
To launch my new 2016 Tour de Yorkshire range of coasters and prints I am running a competition. Stage 2 of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire will end in Doncaster. Last month I visited Doncaster and did a tour of some of its treasures the result is this image. How many buildings / places / references to Doncaster can you find in this picture? Fill in the entry form with your answer below.
The competition will end on the 20th March. The contestant who provides the greatest number of correct answers will be the winner. In the case of a draw a winner will be selected randomly. The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter and notified personally. A boxed set of four coasters chosen by the winner will be posted by the end of March.
One of the joys and frustrations of handmade work is that every item is a tiny bit different. Occasionally too different! For every kiln full of coasters I make there is always one that does not obey the rules and ends up a strange colour, with small marks or bits missing at the edges. These are my “seconds”. Over the last year I’ve collected quite a few and am planning to sell them over the next week.
The plan is that over the next week I will post images of my seconds coasters on Facebook. I will do my best to photograph them accurately. It is up to you to zoom in and see the flaws. All coasters will sell for £5 each. For orders £10 or over postage is free. If you want a coaster simply write “sold” underneath its image. At the end of the week I will add together any coasters you have ordered and send you an invoice.
I also have a few too many of some of my prints – I got a bit over enthusiastic with orders in preparation for events I was selling at. These prints are available online for the reduced price of £25 each rather than the usual price of £45.
One of the things I love about my work is when I’m invited to work collaboratively with other businesses, shops, galleries, universities, schools to create a new piece of work. One recent example was when I was approached by Val and Nigel of Because I Like It Gallery and Tea room to create a collection based on the Eroica Britannia, an annual ride and festival of cycling taking place in Bakewell and the Peak District.
Last February my partner and I took our bikes to the Peak District and cycled parts of the route to be taken by a host of vintage bicycles. It’s not an area I know well and I was delighted to discover some great new cycling routes. Armed with a camera full of photographs we headed to the Because I Like it café for some amazing soup and a chat about the collection.
The four images below with penny farthings will be available exclusively at the Eroica Britannia this weekend and through Because I Like it in the future. Other images without the penny farthings will be available through me at a later date. All four images are available as coasters, cards and prints.
I am delighted that my new work has been featured in the Yorkshire edition of Living North magazine as part of a write up of artists response to Tour de Yorkshire. Lovely to see the work of other artists with the same inspiration too. Read the article here.
I am delighted to announce that my new work is now ready for sale. have spent the last couple of months working on additions to my Yorkshire Cyclist Collection and am now ready to officially launch it on the world. I have created 6 new images adding Wakefield, Selby, Bridlington and Scarborough to my collection which together with my previous images of York and Leeds cover the six start and finish towns of this year’s race.
Robinhood’s bay coaster
Being a big fan of the East Coast I have also added Whitby and Robinhood’s Bay thus creating a set of four seaside images.
All my images are available as coasters, cards and prints and can be bought online. They will begin appearing in the galleries and shops that stock my work over the next month.
I was delighted to hear that this year’s Tour de Yorkshire was taking in the East Coast. It gave me an excuse to spend a couple of days in one of my favourite parts of Yorkshire. The results, four more images that will soon be available as coasters, prints and cards and a lovely row of glass beach huts. Pre-orders welcome.
Bridlington, Sewerby Hall and Flamborough
Whitby beach huts. Self standing row of glass huts
I can’t believe how lucky I am sometimes. I spend most of my working days with a smile on my face enjoying what I do but some days are particularly fun. I am just back from 3 days in the peak district exploring the area for a commission to create work celebrating Eroica Britannia. My hard work included cycling the Monsal Trail, a lot of Tea Shops and a visit to Ladybower Reservoir on the way home.