On Friday it was, once again, my turn to look after The Riverslade Gallery and Shop in Saffron Walden. Over the past six months on the days when I've been in charge of the gallery, the weather has been cold and grim and I've always driven home in rain, sleet or snow! What a difference a ray of sunshine makes! I opened the huge vintage wooden shutters to reveal the newly revamped Jubilee Gardens - they aren't re-opened to the public yet but the smart new path and flower borders look spick and span, just waiting for a lovely concert at the traditional bandstand and people chilling out on the lawn.
I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite things by a few of the other artist/makers at The Riverslade:
Here is the sunlight casting coloured patterns through one of Carole Gray's glass panels onto the wooden shutters . . .
Gill Howe creates beautiful mosaics, I love her colour combinations and how she incorporates vintage crockery into the designs . . .
A row of luxurious scarves and wraps in the richest of jewel colours, made from hand-dyed velvet by Lin Patterson . . .
The display of restrained white domestic ware by Susan Cupitt, all her ceramics have an air of simple calm beauty . . .
And finally, an irresistible row of pencils covered with marbled papers by Victoria Hall . . .
The Riverslade Gallery and Shop is open Wednesday to Saturday, look for the signs by the walkway to Waitrose just off Hill Street in Saffron Walden. Oh, and my prints and cards are for sale there too.