You do not have to be good

I’m not one for quoting poetry. I’d kind of like to be, but I’m not.

Using up the paint on the brush
Sally Swain play-in-progress

My Dad was, but I’m not.

Some people have a perfect, poignant poetic morsel for every occasion, but

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Oh give me a home

where the Art and Soul roam,
where the handcrafted miniatures play…

nest knitting art

part of a woven artwork by Margot Turner

…where silence is heard
in the tweet of a bird…

small art ceramic

ceramic by Pru Jobling
drawing by Cate Dudley

…and the city stress scuttles away.

(to the tune of Home on the Range)

pebble carving small art

bottles from Stresa, Italy; pebble carvings from Oamaru, NZ;
bone carving from NZ

I escape

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Restoring Wonder to Our Lives

Wonder.

Where did it go?

child artist response BIG

Ceramics in Schools
coordinated by
Kristyn Taylor
for exhibition:
Human – The Child Artist Response Project

We most likely had a bucket-load of this magical curiosity-and-amazement stuff when we were children. The world was an intriguing place of potential. A cardboard

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Sneezing, Signage and

the Nature of Nurture

signage Swain organic

When your Signs are Organically Overgrown

nature art signs

Water droplets.
Can you see them?
Nature responding to signage about Nature

graffitti water

More watery signage:
Graffitti plus reflections of the storm-water canal

My Muse-in-Chief is my dear departed Dad, David Swain. He would have loved the ease of using a smartphone to photograph quirky

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