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The primary purpose of this site is to share my pottery and my surroundings with scattered family and friends – and with others who find inspiration and amusement in nature and the animal world. And yes, if you like what you see, I do commissions and sell off work when I run out of space!
Zandra McGillivray

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About Zandra

My interest in clay began at school. Since then, I have never been too far from a kiln. I now live in a small village in the Jura Mountains on the Swiss/French border, surrounded by the birds and animals that inspire much of my work. Nature is full of personality. Exaggerated, simple shapes make me smile.

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To Brittany we will go…

By |October 1st, 2013|Categories: September 2013|

My next show looms: I’ll be installing my critters inside St Bartholomew, the anglican church of Dinard (Brittany), for showing on Saturday 5 October (10h to 18h), during the week-long British Film Festival. Come and join us if you’re in the area. The vernissage is Friday evening, 18h to 20h. I’m hoping to raise funds for the church… The Rev Gareth is most enthusiastic and supportive.

And thanks to my friend Carolyn — whose idea this was and who is busy organising everything from food (and drink) to footfall — a journalist from Ouest France, France’s biggest daily, rang me yesterday for an interview! I babbled on about England, France, animals and pottery and hoped to make some sense. He wasn’t sure it would be published (maybe when I mentioned my ancestors came from Transylvania?), but what a larf if it is.

This little fella is coming on the road with me….hot out of the kiln.

Raging Bull

Bear with me…

By |August 20th, 2013|Categories: Summer 2013|

Some of my best friends are bears. Or at least one is. (You know who you are, babe.) So I’ve just finished making a big burly beast of a bear. I’m not yet sure whether he’s (she’s?) a polar or a brown. Time (and glaze) will tell. S/he’s drying slowly in my studio.  It was surprisingly quick to make…everything came together really well, the legs immediately looked like bear-legs, the face like a bear-face. It’s funny how that happens sometimes, everything just, kinda, works…whereas others are the fruit of a protracted struggle. Hmmm.

A bear of little brain?

 

Rye report

By |June 18th, 2013|Categories: spring 2013|

My daughter has FINALLY sent me the photos she took at my last show, just outside Rye, on 13 April.

My favourite art collector

I exhibited chez close pals Patricia & John, alongside lovely-and-talented painter Hollie Garrett, and considering that it all took place in the worst weather known to man (torrential rain, bitter cold, mud up to your chin…you get the picture), it was immensely humbling and gratifying that so many friends and friends-of-friends and family turned up. I thank you all for your support.

Penguin eavesdropping

Gratified artist

Lauren with my old school friends

Iris and me

By |May 31st, 2013|Categories: spring 2013|

As it was a nice day on Tuesday, I drove up to the Château de Vullierens to see the irises. I last went with Nikki B, some 20 or so years ago. Sadly though, as it’s been the coldest-May-since-records-began, few of the irises were in flower this time…

kaleidoscope iris

We had lunch outside…and then it started to rain. Of course.

So I came home and finished a kittycat. You like?

One good thing about the weather; the ONLY good thing about the weather… I’m not torn between being outside, tending to my poor, waterlogged, slug-infested garden — and sitting, dreaming, playing, creating stuff in my studio. It’s a no-brainer.

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