Sketching through lockdown

Updated: May 20, 2020

Taking time to appreciate what's on my doorstep.

It's a strange time we are living in with the lockdown. It presents many many challenges and difficulties but also some welcome unexpected opportunities. I am thankful to live in a very small, very rural village surrounded by fields and the River Derwent. So I've been able to walk during these months of distancing. Like many people I've appreciated the time to observe the changes in Nature at close quarters.

"What is this life if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare"
As a child I used to walk across the fields at the back of our farm, to a small wood where I knew the first celandines would flower. Further still was a pussy willow tree whose soft furry buds I patiently waited to appear.

In recent week I've had more time to stand and stare and to observe the changes in Nature. The flowering and fading of different plants and the hundreds of seasonal nuances that have continued their cycles uninterrupted. I've discovered hidden gems: a hidden bluebell wood awash with cobalt blue and a particularly photogenic alder tree that banks onto a field of peas. Back in the studio sketches are refined then worked up into porcelain wall pieces. Using slips, ceramic stains and a variety of tools and techniques, I recreate the feeling and textures of these treasured spaces.



New wall pieces

Bluebell Wood


More single tile wall pieces and triptych are listed on my website and available to buy.


triptychs £350 framed.

78 x 32 cm

£250 tiles only

singles - £250 framed

34 x 32 cm

£175 tile only

I also work to commission from sketches or photographs and can reproduce your favourite scene in porcelain.

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Jill Ford
Providence House
East Riding of Yorks.
YO42 4PB

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