Sal's studio and shop is at Eaton St Torpid, in old coaches next to the station.
Sal's maxim is 'If you want round pots then go to Woolworths'. Which is a tad tricky as 'Woolies' ceased trading towards the end of 2008. But we know what she means!
stoneware bird-headed female zushi (awaiting wooden bases)
large stoneware platter or bowl
stoneware 'face pots' (plant pot holders)
stoneware 'outcrop' vases
earthenware 'bird bowl' with lustre finish around neck
stoneware 'bird bowls' (right hand photo: with metallic cold finishes)
10" square stoneware bowls
stoneware 'outcrop' vases
bull, swan and soul
an exciting moment at the Wonky Pots Emporium – about to unload a glaze firing!
where it (mostly) all happens
Just so no one is confused: Sal T. Marsh is not related to the amazing potter Nick Marsh
Nor is her Emporium in any way related to the local real world pottery and gallery
The management had become slighly obsessed with photographs of grounded coaches.
These are all at the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway
(or at least were in summer 2019 – one has since been sold)
And assorted locations elsewhere.
And also curious about houses constructed from coaches.
These are all adjoining each other at Sutton on Sea, Lincolnshire.
The photographs were taken when the management stayed at 'Lindum'
(shown in top and upper middle photographs) August 2001.
Two grounded coaches 'arrived' summer 2020. They utilised a pair of homemade 'chassises' which became surplus to requirements when LGB wagons were acquired late the previous year.
The wheels were removed but not the axle boxes. This would be really odd in the real world as the only way the wheels come off rolling stock is by removing the axle boxes. And there is no reason to put them back – indeed they would be refurbished and re-utilised. But those of a less pendantic inclination will better realise these models were once rolling stock because of the axle boxes.
Construction of the bodies involved 0.5 mm white card, coffee stirrers and some almost square-section balsa. Some short lengths of lollipop stick also ventured into the mix, (though they look like coffee stirrers in the photo). The whole sheebang was given a coat of dark oak wood stain.
The plan is to span both coaches with a corrugated iron roof (made from suitable food cans). The roof will extend to one side to provide a 'veranda'. But construction has been interupted by real-world interventions.
The end result is intended to depict two 'well-rotted composite coaches in situ' then revamped as a pottery studio and shop.
The above remark only makes sense with this recollection from Ian:
'Composite' is the correct name for coaches which combine first and third class seating areas.
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