Come On In and Have a Cup of Tea

Hello and who are you?

Please say hi and introduce yourself if you like before you have a potter around the site.

I'm Alison and I hope that you'll find food for the soul and your artist child here at The Pottering Artist.

I hope you'll enjoy mooching from page to page and that you'll feel amongst like minded souls who are tired of rushing and want to be stiller in life. Is that you?

I think we lose so much by hurrying and living a surfacey all action life and so I am dropping out of my teaching programme for a year to just mess about.

Join me?


23 comments:

  1. Hi Alison, I'm really happy to join you here on the new blog! I've got such a lot of inspiration from your new magazine which I downloaded and have on Kindle. It was just what I needed and I feel the same way as you about the need to slow down, disconnect from electricity from time to time, and literally take the time to smell the roses... thanks again and wishing you much success with this year of pottering!

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  2. Well lovely to have you here too Diane! Thanks for joining me and I'm delighted that you read the magazine and find it touches you. I wrote it because I was looking for somewhere to go to be me. I hope you'll find it an oasis as time goes on. With each issue I will evolve and change and I hope you'll feel drawn along too and nudged into new Diane things.

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    1. As you know Alison I've finally made the effort to get a blog up online with content which I can control myself - a very steep learning curve but much easier than it used to be! Thanks for putting a link to me on your Blog List at the side of your Blog - I've done the same for you - and once my blog is worthy of it I'll be sharing it and you to all the people I'm connected to. Thanks again for starting this - and I'm thrilled to have won the Needle Competition!

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    2. Well done on getting a blog up Diane. I love to share my art work and thoughts and so this online diary is a great platform. I find it less harried and intense than Facebook and much more intelligent and richer than Twitter which I find a bit surfacey and fast. Thanks so much for also sharing my blog. I really think your watercolours are beautiful as you keep it fresh and immediate. Keep on doing what you do.

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  3. Hello Alison, what a lovely site, great job! I also consider that I have done too much rushing all my life and calming down is such a necessity, although as we are not used to it, it can feel strange when you start slowing down. I am still waiting for my magazine which I ordered as soon as you announced it. It should be arriving soon I believe. I really can't wait to have it!!!

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    1. Hello Dahlia! Lovely to hear your positive comments as always. I'm glad the site appeals to you. I just wanted something gentle and relaxing and I've learned quite a bit about settings here now. Yes - I am sure you've had your fair share of bustle and deadlines. The magazine takes about 2 weeks as did mine. I hope you enjoy reading it and that you'll find solace in its pages. How are the banana palms doing?

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  4. A beautiful, peaceful wonderful to remind to slow down, and take time to enjoy.

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  5. Hello Monique and welcome to this blog. I am glad the words above resonate with you. What are you in this world?

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  6. Hi Alison, You've taught me so much on Youtube. Having recently relocated to Washington,DC to help with my little grandchildren, I too am missing some of the creative quiet life. Thank you for the new magazine, the new blog and the encouragement to slow down and be creative! The watercolor tutorials in the magazine look great. I wish you well in this new endeavor.

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  7. Hi Susan - lovely to hear that you find my videos helpful. How far did you have to relocate? I had friend who visited Washington and loved the city. Thanks for the encouraging words about my magazine and blog as I am really loving doing this and hope you find some time to refill your well - Alison

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    1. Hi, I only moved south about three hours by car, however, I went from the suburbs of south New Jersey to the big city. Everything is new from how to park the car to finding groceries! What do they say about teaching old dogs new tricks?

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    2. Hi Susan - phew - 3 hours anywhere by car for use Brits is the end of the earth LOL! I can imagine parking is horrendous - it is even hard to park the car in our little village in the semi-countryside. So glad I have a small car. Are there lots of late night opening delis and things like that? Supermarkets?

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  8. Hi Alison, I imagine there might be some late night places to find food. Although, DC isn't like New York City. I think it's in NYC that you can find all types of food anytime of the night. The closest supermarket to me is being beautified. They tore the entire building down last Autumn and they're building a multi-floor building with flats. The supermarket will be reinstalled on the street level with underground (ugh!) parking. We leave the city on Sat. mornings and food shop in Maryland. Where there is a massive parking lot. LOL it's so funny what we take for granted until it's gone.

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  9. Ah I see Sue. What is it that you don't like about underground parking? I am terrified of one car park in Cardiff where you go round and round in giddying circles like going up a helter skelter and it is so narrow and you are constantly on the clutch and if anyone broke down it would be a total nightmare! We have our grocery shopping delivered now from Tesco - a huge supermarket chain here in the UK. I do find it a help! My mother then shops locally for some other bits and bobs in the village.

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    1. We have the grocery delivery here too. I'd use it in a pinch. The underground parking here is full to concrete pillars, circles and tight spots. Many are so tight that you find yourself driving inches from other poor souls looking for spots. They're dimly lit too. My husband and I are looking for a house in Maryland which is in a neighboring state. I'd still be able to help with the grand kids there. It's more suburban, and we'd have a garden. Condo living has its challenges. But the competition for finding a house is tough.

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  10. OOh I can imagine that is horrible Sue - tight parking is not my strong point as every bump I have had in my car has been in reverse! That is amazing that finding a suitable house is so hard - I wish you well as a garden and ground living nearer to nature is so much lovelier isn't it? x

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  11. Thank you for the well wishes. Getting a new/house is an event full of excitement and stress. We found a house with tall trees in the back yard. I'm so excited. But after the buyer's inspection we are anticipating some work that must be done as soon as we take possession of the new place. There were 3 other people who made an offer on this house we are buying. Another house we looked at ended up having 9 offers at the same time. Southern NJ was not at all like this when buying a house. But, you know Alison, I love my son and family and we want to be close to them. My husband loves his job, so I'm trying to be brave. I like the paint color article in your first publication. Painting the lemons was fun. When I get a few moments, I'm going to paint them again. I hope you will do that for other pigments. Best Wishes on this new endeavor of yours.

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  12. Good grief - 9 offers! They must be in such short supply houses! I totally understand the need to be closer - it must be hard travelling all the time. The trees sound very atmospheric - I think trees make a street don't they? OK - well I shall try to do another paint mixing article on here now that I have this blog! See - whatever doesn't fit into the magazine I can spill over here! Alison

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    1. Yes, trees on the street are lovely. Houses are in very short supply here in the DC area, and in other parts of this vast country you can't give your house away? Thank you for thinking about writing another paint mixing article. I think the blog is a good and flexible way to communicate. Thank you!

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  13. That must be a frustrating contrast Sue. I'm glad you find this blog a good read. I am enjoying refining what and how I say it so as to better get my message across...all good fun!

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  15. Thanks Luck City - I am happy that the content appeals to you and hope you'll enjoy future posts. Are you a painter/potterer?

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