Thursday, 23 April 2015

A bit of Thich

Here is a lovely picture sent to me by Tara, which includes one of my Petri dishes. Along with Tara, I love to compose objects, textures and organic elements into inspirational groups like this one. Tara's includes a sublime quote from Thich Nhat Hanh.

It reminded me of the first time I discovered the writings of this wonderful teacher. Well, discovered is probably the wrong word, the intention was clear to direct people to profound teaching. I was working in the kitchen of Gaia House many moons ago on silent retreat. Everyone on retreat is given daily work duties and washing up was one of these vital chores. The quote below was pinned up in the kitchen. I remember trying super hard to be in the moment, just the sheer effort propelled me the opposite direction! 10/10 for intention about 2/10 for relaxed awareness.

“If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not "washing the dishes to wash the dishes." What's more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can't wash the dishes, the chances are we won't be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future -and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.”

Thich Nhat Hanh ―The Miracle of Mindfulness

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Spring newsletter out soon!

My Spring newsletter is out next week.  

There will be a discount code for subscribers. If you haven't subscribed yet and would like to, contact me here at my website, giving me the email address you would like it sent to :))

Friday, 10 April 2015

Last four Petri dishes in this series

At last, completed the final four Petri dishes that have been in the pipeline for a couple of months. The bottom right paler one (my favourite!) is winging it's way to America today.

Thank goodness for the onset of spring, my energy levels actually start to reach normal. Like most bears, I'm a natural hibernator.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Natural History Museum Visit

When I visit London I always try to go to the mineral hall at the Natural History Museum. It is truly fascinating. Not just the exhibits but the way they are displayed, as if trapped in time in the 1960's. I dread the day the displays themselves are updated. The other good thing about it is, there are never more than half a dozen people in there (why?) So, if you need to think, write or meditate it's actually pretty much guaranteed to be quiet. Occasionally, you get the odd person who doesn't look at anything but flies through taking photos, seems a very odd way of enjoying the exhibits....later, on a screen. Hello! They are right there in front of you!!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Work in progress. Click on the image for a larger view.

A small snapshot of my studio, many things nearing completion. January should see the biggest shop update for a long time. Some completely new ideas as well as a couple of old favourites :)

Thursday, 11 December 2014


Very pleased to be No.5 on the magazine Scientific American's list of '10 Original Gifts for Science (and SciArt) Geeks'. Check it out here -

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Gradually filling up my store for a huge Winter Sale