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FEBRUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER

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AQUARIUS

FEBRUARY 2017

"IN TRUTH"

Baby Martyn

Baby Martyn

A few weeks a ago… on my birthday actually — I woke up reallyearly and started to write this…

I’ve woken up — it’s 4.01 AM and i want to go back to sleep again… Often I can lie very still with the pillow over my face all the way down to the bottom of my nose and this lulls me back into a slumber… but today it seems not. This mornings persistent mental activity insists my body wake up too.

"The Right Path, Currarong NSW" - Martyn Thompson

"The Right Path, Currarong NSW" - Martyn Thompson

My brain has been waking up earlier than usual for the last little while… overthinking… like it is now. It’s Sunday and I as born on a Sunday… in Kingston hospital in south west London….. SUNDAY 29 JANUARY… AT 4 AM … not just a coincidence? but a great omen??? though I'm not in London now — I’m with all my family in Currarong NSW.

My Dad's Birthday, 1981

My Dad's Birthday, 1981

My sister has been doing our “family tree”… most of my life I’ve believed that my Dad’s family heralded from Malta and Sicily... but this now appears to be untrue — it seems I am English thru and thru… yes — my grandad was born in Malta — but of English parents from Hull… one of whomseems to have disappeared entirely in America in the 1920’s… so much information… it forms and shapes us.

But often we’ve no idea of what is “true” — believing what we are told…or want to believe.

My sisters Philippa and Rachel, with my niece Eliza: Currarong NSW - Martyn Thompson

My sisters Philippa and Rachel, with my niece Eliza: Currarong NSW - Martyn Thompson

Since I was roughly 8 years old I've been familiar with ‘The Age of Aquarius”…  this song was much played growing up in my house and being an Aquarian i felt sort of lucky.

The cover art for “Hair” is permanently embedded in my memory. There is a lot of debate as to whether we are in the this “age” or not… at times in my life I've felt sure we are in this magical moment…in my late teens and twenties and again more recently…now abruptly interrupted.

Aquarius - Sidney Hall

Aquarius - Sidney Hall

So I'vejust looked it up on the internet and came across these very encouraging words at

http://www.2012-spiritual-growth-prophecies.com/age-of-aquarius.html

and I quote…

It will be up to us...all humanity...to decide which direction we take in the coming new age, the Age of Aquarius. It's in fact a choice...a personal one, as well as a collective one. Change always starts with the individual.

God after all in his infinite wisdom gave us Free Will. So, will we allow ourselves as a whole to be swallowed up in hate, greed, and prejudice? Or, are we tired of this yet? The other choice is to reach for the light and go in the new direction …of "love, brotherhood, unity and integrity……… All it takes is for you and I and the next guy to change our thinking and values to align with the coming new Age of Aquarius. Once the synergistic ball starts to roll, it will be unstoppable.

 

This very much cheered me up. 

Lets do it!!!!

Happy February World…..

xm

Avalon, Australia 2017 - Martyn Thompson

Avalon, Australia 2017 - Martyn Thompson

JANURARY 2017 NEWSLETTER

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CAPRICORN

“HOPE" 

My Grandparents with my Mother in the 1940s.

My Grandparents with my Mother in the 1940s.

My maternal Grandparents lived in the village of Barlaston... near Stoke-on-Trent in England.
This part of the Midlands is known as” the Potteries”… the home and heart of the British ceramics industry for hundreds of years.

Women painting decoration on plates at the Wedgwood Pottery, c 1930.

Women painting decoration on plates at the Wedgwood Pottery, c 1930.

As a boy I’d tour the Wedgwood factory with my grandmother, Nana, already keen to observe the making of things… my favorite room the ladies applying small white figures to cups and pots and jugs… i remember being given a faulty piece of jasper ware — an instant new treasure.

In Nana’s house there was a huge cabinet full of china - tea and coffee and dinners sets… different for all occasions. I used to take them all out onto the floor and mix up all the patterns… making new combinations… and then put them all back again…

Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson

Shortly after the Milan furniture fair last year I was contacted by Emily Johnson of 1882 Limited ceramics…
”Would I like to design something?”…”Oh yes” i said… A little research revealed that 1882 was her contemporary take on the family business…formerly Johnson Brothers pottery…
from Barlaston, near Stoke-on-Trent in England. Worlds collide. 

I told my mum who said she’d gone to girl guides at the Johnson’s house when she was a child.

Susie Cooper by Cleo Cottrell - from The National Portrait Gallery

Susie Cooper by Cleo Cottrell - from The National Portrait Gallery

Emily came to meet me and I served tea, as I typically do — my tray a mix of pattern and shapes, not unlike what was on my grandmothers floor. As we started chatting about what i might do, my head a jumble of ideas,
she pointed at the tea tray and said “ why don't you start there?”

Already I loved this woman!… I shared my secret that our families herald from the same place… and what’s more, that my great aunt was Susie Cooper… quite her own legend in the ceramic world…

CLICK TO WATCH A CLIP FEATURING SUZIE (SKIP TO 24:28).

Casting the teapot. Photo: Martyn Thompson.

Casting the teapot. Photo: Martyn Thompson.

In my family everyone has some “ Aunty Susie””… she was the person I had my first “art” conversation with — where I felt that I was talking to someone who understood what I was talking about…
I listened closely — she talked of hard work… of things leading in directions you might not expect and of the need to always experiment… making was in her soul.

The day Emily visited I was usinga Susie Cooper coffee pot as my tea pot… and now, due to the
very generous enthusiasm of my cousin, it’s part of this first collection.

Early glazing samples

Early glazing samples

In December I went to Stoke to look at the sampling… Next week the tea set launches at Maison Objet in Paris… it’s my first real design commission… and I’m again amazed at what can happen if you set your mind to it.
Your intention. I think of the Capricorn goat making his way up the Mountain — he gets there in the end… and that’s how this feels — I put an idea out into the world and worked really hard and it is all starting to happen.

2016 was a pretty tough year for everyone I know — there is so much going on in the world that I don’t understand…  that’s not in my way of thinking — but I hope we can set our powerful intentions on the positive — for love and tolerance in the coming year.

Happy January.

xm

VISIT EMILY AND SEE THE COLLECTION AT MAISON & OBJET: HALL 7 C92

"The Accidental Expressionist" tea set by Martyn Thompson, for 1882 Limited.

"The Accidental Expressionist" tea set by Martyn Thompson, for 1882 Limited.