This is the food walk for the well-heeled, beginning with the uber-celebrity haunt of Primrose Hill and finishing with a stroll through Hampstead Health. This is the England of London: green pastures, stately homes, and vignettes of village life.
Start your food walk at Chalk Farm, discovering the local favorites of the Primrose Hill set, including Primrose Bakery whose cupcakes are famously endorsed by Goop and her celebrity friends. Set your sights for Regents Park Road, making sure that you stop at Richard Dare for his coveted cookware as well as Judith Michael & Daughter for its quaint selection of vintage finds before climbing to the top of Primrose Hill for one of the best views of London.
Now this is something to get excited about -vegetable gardens in the backyards of local GP surgeries. For all the criticism attracted by the NHS, its focus on community building and health promotion needs to be acknowledged.
The photos below are taken from the Brockwell Park Surgery in Herne Hill. Since 2009, volunteers and project leaders have grown produce such as potatoes, courgettes, tomatoes, lettuce, and sold them at reception for a small cash donation. I can't think of a greater feel good factor.
It is easy to forget that London is a very green city - there is an abundance of local allotments and community garden projects. I see local beehives where l live and on London rooftops, there are more gardens, hives and even smoke houses. It is simply a case of finding them - so look up, look down, walk down a side street as you wonder through inner London and beyond, and you are likely to find something unexpected.
"The nature of fired clay incorporates both fragility and permanence and it is this which enables the material to record elusive things like memory." Kaori Tatebayashi
Extraordinary is the only way I can find to describe the work of Kaori Tatebayashi. This ceramicist/ sculptor exquisitely crafts her tableware and objects, exposing the folds and textures of individual forms whether they be organic or man-made.
Her most recent offering for Ceramic Art London is a series of simple still-life. Displayed in wooden market crates, each contains vignettes of domestic life. A box of vegetables sits next to a collection of garden tools that are in turn framed by a series of boxes. Small children's shoes lie abandoned. A posy has just been dropped and awaits its owner. Each of object captures as Tatebayashi suggests "the elusive things like memory".
Kaori Tatebayashi grew up surrounded by ceramics, first living in Arita and Kyoto, Japan. She is an award winning ceramicist. She studied ceramics at Kyoto City University of Art (both Bachelors and Masters) from 1991-97. During the initial year of her Masters degree she was awarded a scholarship for the Royal College of Art. In 2006, she won the Crafts Council Development Award and set up her workshop at 401¼ Studios in Wandsworth, London. She widely exhibits throughout the UK and Japan.
(All images are taken from the artist's blog. )
You would be forgiven for mistaking Stuart Carey’s ceramics for a still-life, so close is his tableware collection to the quiet intimacy of this familiar genre. Made of thrown semi-porcelain stoneware, each set is beautifully crafted from a palette of muted blues, creams and white. No two pieces are the same, as each is lifted from the wheel whilst wet, allowing individual movements to define the finished object.
The intimacy of functional objects is the inspiration behind this collection, with Carey producing pieces that demonstrate the sentiment that we can attach to everyday objects. “What I want to highlight is how we build similar relationships with functional ceramics as we do with one and other and attempt to produce pieces that demonstrate this interaction and make the user feel something on a physical and emotional level.”
Carey is exhibiting this weekend at the Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, April 12 -14, 2013.
Further details about his work and upcoming exhibitions can be found on his website. /www.stuartcarey.co.uk/.