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  • Writer's pictureMary Parker

This month I'm taking part in the Made In Staffs visibility challenge, making an effort to post every day along the daily theme. It's been a challenge to me as I've been posting more about myself than my work, so I've had to grit my teeth a bit as it's not my favourite thing! It's been good though, and cathartic in a way, and is definitely encouraging me to post daily in a way that I never would have thought I could.




I'm also grateful to have now finished both versions of 'Chetam's Pottery', the remaining part of their factory in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. I was able to visit the site of Dolby Pottery in Stoke town yesterday and got some reference shots for a future piece of work. There are a lot of textures going on in there and I'm looking forward to exploring what I can do with them!


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  • Writer's pictureMary Parker

Amongst many things, the magenta layer has arrived on the brighter version of the Chetam's Pottery linocut as I'd hoped. I've also been working on a larger A4 . version, still at the drawing stage, and a new version of Gladstone for my single colour A5 series. My hope for this coming week is to finish cutting the final layer for this print, and to use the dark brown and then the cyan to print the Gladstone with each of the final layers for the pottery.

This past week I've also been able to meet up with the Made in Staffs group for the first time - Angie who facilitates the group and runs the website does a fantastic job supporting local makers as well as running her own business! There's also been a meet up for an informal group of printmakers from all over the country and across the Atlantic for a natter which was very much appreciated. Time to see what the new week will bring!

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  • Writer's pictureMary Parker

These linocuts of Middleport and Smithfield are all now packed and delivered to Josiah & Co at World of Wedgwood after a frantic bit of printmaking at the end of last week. I've also made a bit more progress on my reduction linocut of part of the former Chetam's Pottery on Commerce Street in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. I got a layer done on the more muted version as I wanted to use the same ink for the light terracotta Middleport. I'm very happy with how it's looking, and I'm hoping to get the magenta on to the brighter version this coming week when time allows!


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