Sunday, July 17, 2011

La Maison des Sangliers

La Maison des Sangliers, Noyers-sur-Serein

Alas, it seems that Nick and I will not now be able to visit are great friends Andy & Claire Squire and their lovely garçons Joseph and Jean.

Andy and Claire are both potters and live in an amazing medieval town in Burgundy, Noyers-sur-Serein, in a 14th Century townhouse on the market square called La Maison des Sangliers - the House of Boars (on account of some carving, now sadly almost indistinguishable, of wild boars on the house's external beams).

Lack of funds, work commitments, tax bills, exhibitions, offers of house-stays in Wales, Kent and Cromer and an exhibition of a very talented friend's work in Ripon have all conspired against the probability of Burgundish trip (at least for now). Maybe later in the Autumn or Winter?

In their honour I have created this image of a tusked and grunting sanglier. The image is based on a medieval pewter badge and, if anything, I have rather diminished this boar's vigour (lets say) from its original and happy state (before anyone says anything)!

Like Obelix, I'm getting kind of hungry just looking at him!

I met the wonderful Chris Brown for a Bastille Day martini at Duke's Hotel on thursday evening. I was inspired by his delightful work to attempt something resembling a lino-cut (at which Chris excells), so here it it - plain and simple.

1 comment:

Clive Hicks-Jenkins said...

I'm glad the boar is 'happy'!