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Simon Olley

Handmaking and illustrating one-off and bespoke ceramics, some with a Labrador theme. From Kent, the Garden of England.

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Just getting together my exhibits and entry sheet for @london.potters exhibition @morleygallery - a drive to London now and beat the traffic ๐Ÿ˜Ž at Pilgrims Way

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Quick breakfast snack here in the gallery sunshine ๐Ÿ˜Ž at Pilgrims Way

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Horray! Uly seems to approve of his likeness on latest Labrador-themed ceramic vase ๐Ÿ˜Ž . . . @pampeanolife at Pilgrims Way

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Detail from coral red Labrador vase just completed - boy, is it red! at Pilgrims Way

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Oh dear, I only had to see the snowflake fairy lights in the attic and I've been taken over with festive spirit - a month and a half at least before the big day! at Pilgrims Way

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Who let the dogs out? Another wet day here today in Kent the very rainy Garden of England, so getting some photography done to keep my portfolio up to date. Completed and glazed hand-thrown and illustrated large platter will be off to @morleygallery for @london.potters exhibition towards end of the month - masses of work for sale by artists from all over, just right for (gulp) ... Christmas, there, I said it - deep breaths, calm, calm - that's better ๐ŸŽ„ at Pilgrims Way

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Moment of truth! Glaze firing worked out fine and this platter should be on its way to @London.potters exhibition @morleygallery towards end of November. at Pilgrims Way

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It's a wet and cold Autumn morning, even Uly's looking hesitant about going out! #wetdogwednesday #wetdog at Pilgrims Way

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The kiln closes like a clam shell on my latest illustrated platter, when it opens again will it reveal a pearl? at Pilgrims Way

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It's not unlike feeding the penguins at London Zoo here today as Uly takes a break from modelling duties and earns himself a well-earned snack #labrador #labradorretriever #blacklab #blacklabrador #blacklabradoroftheday @labography

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A slightly different shape with quite a wide mouth for this #Labrador vase which is to have a lovely coral red background. Because each of my vases (and jugs, platters etc) is made by hand by me on my potter's wheel, I can basically make any shape I want, which is nice. I've got some completely new designs planned for the coming weeks, and I'm really excited about creating these and trying to share them on Instagram. at Pilgrims Way

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New Labrador vase illustrated and just needs to dry before going into the kiln for its first firing. This one is destined to go to @morleygallery for the @london.potters exhibition which opens towards end of November and shows masses of great work, much for sale. Perfect timing too for that festive season coming up quite soon now, you know the one with all the holly and ivy? ๐Ÿ˜Š at Pilgrims Way

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Get those dogs under control! New work underway for the upcoming @london.potters exhibition @morleygallery. at Pilgrims Way

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Uly doing his best impression of the Loch Ness Monster, even though it isn't Loch Ness โ˜บ Anyone with a Labrador knows you can't keep them out of water, it just helps if the water is clean! Like all Labs, Uly has got a double coat of fur that helps to keep him warm and dry, it's also quite oily and if you examine his feet - his toes are slightly webbed. I do wonder if when they were busy cross-breeding dogs to get the first Labrador whether a bit of otter crept in?

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Some of my work produced last month for @artichoke gallery at Ticehurst, East Sussex. Lots of lovely gift ideas for fast-approaching #christmas (there, I said the magic word!)... โ˜บ at Artichoke Gallery

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Don't you sometimes wish your life was as simple as your pet's? I love taking my Black Labrador, Uly, to the woods, he just lives in the moment, chasing (never catching) squirrels ("Huh? Where'd it go?"). He doesn't waste time ruminating over life's trials and tribulations ๐Ÿ˜Š at Pilgrims Way

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Detail of an illustrated and glazed earthenware vase, inspired by Uly's efforts at gun dog training, made last month for #theelements exhibition until 23 December @artichokegallery in Ticehurst, East Sussex, England. at Pilgrims Way

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Soundtrack is slightly amusing - don't know where it came from! adjustments to shape of this vase before illustrating starts ๐Ÿ˜ฏ at Pilgrims Way

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