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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!

  • 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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  • Writer's pictureMary Parker

So at the moment I'm working on a new set of bottle oven linocuts, single colour A5 re-workings of the smaller, very limited edition reduction prints, which I hope will be of interest to people. They'll be open editions (in other words I can re-print them as needed until the blocks break) and will be less expensive. In these tricky economic times, it's still lovely to be able to buy something cheery, but I well understand that art comes way down the list of essentials. However, artists also need to make a living so I'm hoping these will be a meeting in the middle.


In other news, I have a linocut, "Restoration"(below) in the Royal Cambrian Academy Open 2023 exhibition, which opened on the 7th of January and runs until the 25th of February. I am still stunned at having a piece accepted and enormously grateful, it's the first proper grown up exhibition I have ever been a part of and makes me feel that maybe I am a proper artist after all! If you can't make it to the exhibition, all of the work is available to view here for the duration of the show: Royal Cambrian Academy Open 2023


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