The Foundry Pottery Studio

Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

Today I was invited to participate in a special poetry workshop where we could use one (or more) of the works of art on display as a prompt for the creation of a poetic response (the products of visual artists begetting products of a literary art!). The workshop was facilitated in situ at The Foundry Pottery Studio exhibition venue.

We have been given a few days to create our poems in response to the fascinating exhibition, and tonight I am presenting the photos I took at the rustic and interesting venue.

Featured Image Above: “Golden Sunflowers”, Shirley Drayton, Textile Art, the piece I have chosen to write about

Ivor Steven (c) May 2022

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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

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    1. A enjoyable day out Ingrid … I’ve working on my poem this morning … I think it’s going ok … any suggestions?

      A Banner of Sunflowers

      up there
      above the Warโ€™s
      darkest clouds
      there is a blue banner
      embroided with sunflowers
      through a hole
      in the eastern sky

      bearing a message
      of โ€˜Helloโ€™
      or is it โ€˜Goodbyeโ€™?
      a sweeping reminder
      from our Ancestors
      โ€œwe feel your suffering and pain
      from the merciless hard rain
      blood filled rivers and cratered plains
      smoke filled skylines and cracked windowpanesโ€

      โ€œhowever, we also know
      beyond the broken horizon
      the sunflower seeds of hope
      will germinate again
      and future seeds for peace
      will regenerate a new campaignโ€

      I selected the interesting โ€™Textileโ€™ artwork by Shirley Drayton called,โ€ Golden Sunflowersโ€

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  1. Oh, how wonderful, Ivor! A beautiful place with beautiful art! So alive is so many ways!
    I imagine you got “mused” and inspired to write as you spent time there! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Can’t wait to read what you write!
    The Flame Tree and the little Turtle captured me! ๐Ÿ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS…a fave song that always brings tears to my eyes. As does Mr. van Gogh and his art.

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    1. Thank you Cheryl .. yes I had a lovely time … definitely my sort of venue .. oh that Don McLean song has me crying too !! ((hugs))…
      I’ve nearly finished the poem …

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  2. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful spot and gorgeous work. It makes me want to come and visit and make something. I’m feeling starey and bright and can never hear this song enough dear Ivor. Hugs for a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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    1. Thank you Cindy. .. I had a fascinating day and we were all impressed by the venue and the wonderful artwork โ€ฆ I think our writing group will produce some creative responses ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒ


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