We had Tunnocks Caramel Wafers and lashings of Tea and gossiped for ages (who knew Howard and Jean would share a love of 1970's wrestlers!). The "Brick and Bean" folk are also avid collectors and Jean makes amazing little collection cases full of teeny models of all kinds of stuff...Noddy, ET, Tiny Model Toys, and puppets...even a Pee Wee Herman puppet!
Visiting Nick and Jeans fabulous home you can see where they get all their inspiration from! After a Spicy Bean Soup lunch (Jeans a fab cook) we pootled off to the workshop...
Above is a picture of one of Nicks "Love is in the Air" Lockets....I just adore this piece, all the tiny detail and the little mouse is sooooo cute! One of the things I find particularly appealing on Nicks work is the lovely crisp text he does, and yesterday he showed me how he does it. Fabulous!
Nick and Jean both got to have a play with something new too :) I took some silver clay, my ultralight kiln, UV light and photo-polymer plates. I also took some dried unfired blanks so we could try his carving techniques on them....
A jolly good time was had by all, especially Howard who popped to the pub and spent much of the afternoon drinking beer with some locals (one guest ale was called "The Foxes Knob", ooh err missus!) Nick made loads of stuff with the Silver Clay and got a good feel for some of it's potential, but Jean missed out a little (as she was knocking up one of the most delicious Bolognaises we've had in ages!)
Just before dinner we made enough time to make one photo-polymer plate. (Hmmm talented artists combined with create your own plates and stamping machines....wonder what was so exciting, lol). All in all when we returned home, full of scrummy grub and pleasant memories, we were very happy Callows indeed (especially as Nick gifted me the PMC ring he'd been test carving).
My new Finger Art says...."Trust the Man 'cause He's the Man in the Moon" with a Moon Man, Moon, Stars and twisty turny text. Even playing with a new medium Nicks creations are just perfik!