Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ceramic Wild Flower Meadows ...

The millennium spawned all sorts of arts projects, many of them grandiose, but these ceramics entitled Field of Flower are amongst my favourites. They are displayed on a wall just off of the marketplace in Alston in Cumbria and are the results of a community tile workshop run by Alston potters Syl Macro and Sue Sharp.




































These delightful interpretations of North Pennine meadows are well worth looking out for if you are passing through Alston.

Incidentally, if you are in the town stop by The Moody Baker and try one of their wolf pies - perfect picnic food. I had one for my lunch today. 


14 comments:

  1. I wondered what wolf pie was, and lo and behold found a vimeo video showing how it is made! I enjoy your interesting blog, by the way :) Sorry to see you have comment moderation though, as it is a frustrating endeavour to get it all right ;)

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  2. These are superb. I must get to see them. Thanks.

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  3. Such beautiful designs. Wolf Pie?

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  4. Thank you for both these tips Phil. We do tend to stop for lunch in Alston about once a year, on our way up to Tyneside and beyond. We much prefer the narrow lanes across the moors to the busy A1! We usually have lunch in a cafe in Alston, but I suspect that we'll be looking for wolf pies and these fabulous ceramics next time. Incidentally, have you been to the pottery just above Alston? I love their interpretation of moorland birds on one of their ranges of pottery. They've got a pleasant garden in which you are welcome to sit and have a picnic.

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  5. I really like ceramics like these, Valerianna

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  6. Sorry about the word verification Glo, but I got an avalanche of spam when I removed it...thanks for the kind words.

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  7. Sorry about the word verification Glo, but I got an avalanche of spam when I removed it...thanks for the kind words.

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  8. They are near the pottery gallery by the market cross, Adrian.

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  9. I think wolf pie has lamb in it, toffeeapple, but it's cooked with a beer called Wolf from a small Allendale brewery.
    http://www.allendaleale.com/beers.htm

    Alston moor was once notorious for being infested with wolves.

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  10. I must check out the pottery Richard. The bakery is up the hill on the right past the post office, before the roads divide into Weardale and Teesdale, where the road narrows and there's single file traffic.

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  11. As ever Phil your posts are a delight to read and so educational. We are often in Alston and surrounds not living far away. I did not know about the murals and will be trying out the pies so thanks on both counts.

    Stewart

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  12. Thanks Stewart. We quite often go there for walks and the bakery is a great place to pick up a picnic

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