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  • Writer's pictureMary Parker

Bottle Ovens and Boats

My linocut of Gladstone Pottery Museum's smallest bottle oven is now properly underway, the first colour is on paper for the first set, and when time allows I'll get the second colourway started too. The oil-based inks need to to dry out for a couple of days, here they're suspended on my Pooki Press drying rack which hangs over a door and is nicely compact, perfect for my small editions!

I have also been working on another set of cards, this time using my oldest lino block which was the first thing I made when I started printmaking again over a decade ago. This boat is taken from a drawing made in 1990 in Cardiff Docks, as it was then.

Here you can see a variety of ways that I've inked this one up, the centre set are this last week's work. The drawing of the boat resting on the mud in the docks is definitely a historic image as this area is now Cardiff Bay, permanently flooded and maintained by the barrage, and redeveloped as a major tourist destination.

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