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Honesty Table in Kendal

On in the brilliant Grizedale Arts retrospective show 'The Nuisance of Landscape' is the Northern twin of our Kettles Yard Honesty Table! It's presently stocked with cool Korean preserves mainly...

We also have in the show our film 'Little Deluxe Living' in the show, our multiple 'Titchy / Kitschy', and some faux-Tudor pottery from our film 'Living with the Tudors'.
Quite a mash-up :-)


The Nuisance of Landscape: Grizedale - The Sequel
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL Telephone 01539 722464

Monday - Saturday
10.30am - 5pm

(Ends 20 December 2014)

Kettles Yard Honesty Table, Nov. 2014

Return of the Table

Very excited to announce that an Honesty Table is part of our mini retrospective at Kettles Yard in Cambridge (from Sept 13 - Nov 23 2014)

Get in touch if you are local-ish to there and have a little something hand-made that you'd like to 'sell' on the Table during the show, or just bring it in to the gallery during opening hours.

The winning Honesty Tables ...

The tables looked great on our big night last week when yes ... we won the Northern Art Prize!

Thanks again to Unto This Last for making the tables especially for us, and to everyone who has been bringing in their produce and craft.

If you live in Leeds it's not too late for you to use the tables, just bring in what you've grown or made and ask the gallery staff to give you a label for your items. Then, once they've sold (money goes in the slots next to each item) come back and collect your cash! If you email us a picture we'll add it too this page.

Michael's Aubergine cane tops

Brighten up your allotment with these beautiful cane tops ... and stop catching your jumper or poking out someone's eye at the same time. Sure to make any veg. patch look great - even in winter.

A snip at £5 a piece

Michael emailed us about how they are made:

"Well, raku is a Japanese art, nicked and adapted by western ceramicists in the 1960's. I bisc fire in an electric kiln and then raku fire in an adapted dustbin fired with butaine gas. For the raku firing I work outside next to our allotment in the elements (high winds and rain in this instance) I also always do these firings at night because I can gauge the firing better in the dark, and the kids are in bed and out of the way.

All the pieces I have sent to Leeds have a copper oxide glaze on them, apart from a couple which have a copper wash - the glaze on these is very thin and matt when finished. I remove the pieces from the kiln when the glaze melts - approximately very hot - and put in a reducing kiln, (an old biscuit tin half filled with saw dust) sprinkle with saw dust and replace the lid. This reduces the oxygen in the kiln (biscuit tin) and can give the copper effect on some of the pieces. It is not an exact science - particularly with me - so results vary."

Norma Olden's notorious pickled onions

If you like your pickles powerful these are for you ...

They have been known to make the eyes of grown men smart
Available from this Thursday onwards - while stocks last

£1.50 per jar

Coming to the Honesty Table this week!

This week will see a wealth of new produce and products hitting the table as Karen & I travel to Leeds for a re-stock ... so look out for these little forget-me-not plants, all the way from my in-law's allotment!

Pay what you think is right

Rosemary in bunches

Big bunches of aromatic rosemary to flavour winter soups and lamb roasts, from Karen's garden at Lawson Park.
£1 a bunch

Parsley seed

At my home Lawson Park we seem to be able to grow the most monstrously healthy parsley almost all year round.
Here's some seed from last year's plants so you too can share our good fortune: 50p a packet, wait till spring to sow.

Christmas tree cookies

Packs of 5 cookies for hanging on your Christmas tree. Made with spices and chestnut honey, in the Lake District - £4 a packet.

Banana Muffins

I made these to take to Leeds with me this week for the table. By the time I'd finished my evening talk there we only two left!