Sunday, 19 November 2017

Blenheim Palace - autumn



Last week we decided to visit Blenheim Palace yet again, mainly because we wanted to see the Softer exhibition by Jenny Holster. Blenheim offer quite a good deal because if you buy a ticket for one visit you can convert it to a pass that gives you free access to the place for a year. We will therefore manage quite a few visit in the next 12 months as we love walking in the grounds.




Capability Browne's bridge looked as magnificent as ever




We walked through the Water Terrace to get to the grounds




down the steps to get to the lower level




where we got a good view of the palace.




This sculpture is by Georg Baselitz




The path we took leads to the rose garden and the cascades





autumn colours







we turned right and walked along this path








which leads to the cascades. Unfortunately they had drained the water from the dam. The cascades looked pretty sorry for themselves






whilst a pheasant decided to explore the area now that it was dry.





Beyond the dam all was like it always is












A view of the bridge once we climbed the short path that leads 




to this path that takes you back to the palace.




Wonderful autumn colours




This is one of the nicest walks in the grounds - this stretch of water is human made and runs through the estate, created by Capability Brown





zooming in we could see the palace and the boat house





the mist gave the area the feel of a fairy tale




large trees on the edge of the water





while the branches of some reach into the water





another boat





and another




We continued on our way








and eventually reached the boat house.




After lunch we decided to walk around the Secret Garden. The asters' autumn colours were at their best




Lots of small ponds in the Secret Garden







all interconnected by small brooks




This is by far my favourite place in these grounds







it's carefully tended




and very peaceful




Even though it was Sunday and the palace was full of visitors, we were the only people in the Secret Garden - bliss

















Thursday, 16 November 2017

Boxes - Oxford Ceramics Gallery





The Ceramics Gallery, Oxford





The current exhibition at the gallery is of boxes, but there is a lot more besides.



 

This container has two lids so that one can swap and change. Unfortunately I did not record the name of the artist, but I remember it's someone from Japan. All the Japanese ceramics in this exhibition have their own wooden box for storage. This particular container has an added compartment for the storage of the spare lid.





Yoshokawa Masamichi (celadon glazed porcelain with cobalt)




Niisato Akio (window glazed porcelain)





Yoshikawa Masamichi (celadon glazed porcelain with cobalt)





Mo Jupp, Portrait of a Box (black earthenware)




Mo Jupp, Portrait of a Box (black earthenware)





Bodil Manz, (slip cast porcelain)





Bodil Manz, (slip cast porcelain)






Bodil Manz





Chris Keenan, (porcelain)




Chris Keenan, (porcelain)




Takeshi Yasuda




Akiko Hirai, Moon Jar




looking closer




Paul Scott, kitsugi (the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with gold) on willow pattern china.





and taking this a step further, how clever of Scott












John Ward





Lucie Rie




Mo Jupp





Chris Keenan





Akiko Hirai, Large Cube Flower Vase, (porcelain with celadon glaze)




Akiko Hirai, Large Cube Vase, (porcelain with ash glazes)





John Ward