artists at work

September 17, 2010 at 7:25 am 12 comments

Licking spoons is a very important part of cake making.  Wearing cake mixture in your hair is optional.  Unless you’re 6 years old with flowing locks.

We loved having our nephew and niece over from Germany at the end of the summer. The days were filled with stories and laughter, Gruffallo games, drawing and sticking, woodland treasure hunts, tennis and tinkling the ivories.
And cake making.

George and I had as much fun painting our cakes as Tom and Kim did. You can see that G hasn’t lost his artists’ eye and that I still haven’t found mine!

In the afternoon we took Tom and Kim to Gloucester Cathedral to check out some real artwork at what is being described as ‘the sculpture exhibition of the decade’.  
Crucible features over 70 sculptures by many renowned British and International artists.  Some of the sculptures have never been seen in public before or were made especially for this exhibition.  Seeking them out in the various locations around the cathedral, cloisters and grounds is a little like a grown up cultural treasure hunt. Except when you’re with kids as soon as you find one they’re on to the next.  I like the immediacy and randomness of looking at artwork with children though; going where their curiosity takes you and their natural instinct, and mine, to reach out and touch to make sense of it all (fingers are allowed on all but a handful of fragile pieces).  I’d like to visit the Cathedral again before the exhibition closes on the 30th October to take a more considered look at the pieces I particularly liked, those I was puzzled by and the ones I missed altogether.

‘Come and find me at Gloucester Cathedral’ says Rodrigues Giant Tortoise

Rodrigues Giant Tortoise by Nick Bibby

Entry filed under: being creative, home life, in the kitchen.

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cott  |  September 17, 2010 at 9:05 am

    That tortoise is AMAZING!

  • 2. Tom  |  September 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    omg, saw those cupcakes and started drooling!

  • 3. nina - tabiboo  |  September 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    …..and licking the bowl out!

    I have to make cakes in secret occasionally just to have the pleasure of this childhood past time.

    Lovely cakes by the way.

    Have a fabulous weekend,

    Nina xxx

  • 4. Peggy  |  September 17, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Looks like kids play for old and young alike! That tortoise is brilliant, I would go to see him anywhere.

  • 5. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes  |  September 17, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Glorious cupcakes ! They made me smile 🙂

    I will definitely go and see those sculptures, I go to Gloucester every six weeks (to get the dogs clipped!) and that would be a perfect way to spend the time. Brilliant !

  • 6. Johanna GGG  |  September 19, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I love decorating cupcakes with my nieces – though I wish I could do it more often and they live much closer than yours – love all those decorations – and the spoon licking!

    that sculpture exhibition – I love art that is accessible to any age and which enhances the landscape

  • 7. BitterSweet  |  September 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Aw, what a fun project! It’s always so much fun to involve kids with your baking, and I love crafts that you get to eat when you’re done. 😉

  • 8. Choclette  |  September 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    That tortoise is amazing, it looks so real. Love it.

  • 9. Choclette  |  September 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Great looking cakes too.

  • 10. Nip it in the bud  |  September 19, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Cott – it is and definitely one for stroking!

    Tom – they tasted pretty nice under all that icing! Of course the sweets on top are only half of what we actually had to start with – cooks’ perrogative to munch as you go!

    Nina – I still love licking the bowl out too. And with 3 of us to share it growing up I happily make cakes on my own these days :o)

    Peggy – a date with him would be worth the trip + the other 70 odd. I will post some more pics when I get the chance to go again.

    Joanna – it’ll be a fine way to spend a few hours. Have a great time

    Johanna – doesn’t the time just fly between visits with loved ones. I bet you have a lot of fun making things with Sylvia. I have a new appreciation for sculpture and it’s an amazing venue to show it all off

    Bittersweet – it’s reminded me that you don’t have to wait for kids to be around to have some fun with cooking. Just need lots of friends to pass your creations on to and offers of free cake are rarely turned down!

    Choc – Kim loved it to. I have a picture of her giving it a big neck hug. So sweet.

  • 11. Margaret  |  October 5, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I love all of those cupcakes they look amazing. Licking the spoon just isn’t optional, it’s a must!

  • 12. Crucible 2 at Gloucester Cathedral | Nip it in the bud  |  October 13, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    […] 2 features 100 pieces, created by 61 artists, placed in and around the medieval building.  The first Crucible exhibition in 2010, heralded as ”the sculpture exhibitions of the decade”, attracted 130,000 visitors and […]


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