We will be back…with so much more to share…
When I was growing up as a child I lived in the countryside and I used to look out to the surrounding fields and see how the seasons would change and how the fields would turn their soil and yield different crops. There was a rhythm and beauty to this process.
I later learnt at School that part of this crop rotation process was to leave a field ‘fallow’. Farmers would respect the integrity of the land by laying it to rest for a season so the indigenous plants could grow back and in doing so release natural minerals and nutrients into the soil and replenish it from the exertion of yielding more demanding market driven crops. This ethos intrigued me because stillness prevailed and yet there was a wonderful glimmer of potential that lay beneath the land like a treasure waiting to be unveiled.
Sadly, today market demands mean that farmers force their land to produce crop after crop and fertilisers and pesticides are used to compensate for the leaving of land fallow. Like any plaster, it only covers the wound, it doesn’t heal it. So it is no wonder our lands are depleted and produce less nutritionally viable crops. Nature’s natural cycles and finely balanced processes hone the vitality back into the ground and this process cannot be bypassed.
We could learn so much from this principle in our lives. Maybe we should allow ourselves to lie fallow more often and nourish our bodies with rest, reflection and contemplation?
This week I have laid my Art Studio ‘Fallow’. A year has passed since I started on my painting journey and worked towards producing 17 pieces of work for my ‘Passion’ Exhibition. The journey has truly been a ‘Journey’. I know this phrase is used all too often, but I knew that the goal - the summit if you like, was NOT the most important thing; the process of walking up the mountain was much more poignant. Sure enough the people I have met, the connections I have made, the realisations I have had about myself as a person and my abilities have all been made during the unravelling of this last year. A journey I will never forget and one that has laid the foundations for my future as a professional artist.
So, now I have some new seeds to sow, they are different shapes and sizes..some bold and brave, some subtle and delicate. They are bursting with potential and light. But, I know my studio needs time and I need time…to consolidate, reflect, recharge and hone new skills. Only then can I plant my seeds..
Another change is on it’s way, but for now my studio and I are going to surrender ourselves to the 12th month of 2014 by leaving ourselves fallow :-)
My working ethos is 'Play & Revelation' where I continually explore new ways of working, sometimes even destroying works to transform into new!
From February 2019 Sonya will be selling her collections at 'Leaf Creative' in Huntley, owned by Peter Dowle. This beautiful garden centre specialises in unusual shrubs, acer trees and hand selected plants. The perfect place to showcase her leaf inspired ceramics!
Sonya is pleased to announce that having been a provisional member with the Cotswold Craftsmen during 2018, she has now been accepted as a permanent member and invited to be publicity officer on the committee. Sonya will be exhibiting her work at a number of County Shows in 2019 - watch her events page for more upcoming details.
Sonya is now offering 1 day 'Pottery Workshops' with a national craft course provider. Start 2019 learning something new! In 1 day attentive tuition with Sonya you will learn throwing, coiling and hand-building techniques.
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