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