I do not usually read blogs so I do not expect anyone to read this! Anyway, hello if you do and I hope you have a successful year.
I live on the edge of the Lake District and was accepted to work at the University of Cumbria, mainly in the ceramics department. I wanted to look at different surfaces and continue work with bricks.
I found a brickworks that would sell me the raw stuff - in bags of about 10kg if I collected it myself. I said I could get 10 bags in my small car and set off for the south lakes. My pile was in the corner of the small brickworks but when I tried to lift the first of the ten bags I could not move it. With help I arranged the bags around the car and set off up and down the hills. When I got home I weighed the bags and found each was about 30kg so I had 300kg of lovely grey brick clay for £45.
The university has been great, good facilities and space for me in the centre of the dept - two tables and shelving, I didn't get any more when I was in the last year of the degree in London.
Can't see how to get one image as the album cover, never mind, I will work it out sometime, back to work ...