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February 2011

Harry Hippo and Ben Potter

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Harry the Hippo, originally uploaded by benaston.

I often forget I’m an artist at heart. Thankfully, when I went to visit Granny this weekend, I chanced upon what is perhaps one of my more iconic pieces; Harry the Hippo.

It’s a solid, robust piece, but asks serious questions of the viewer – what is a hippo? At the time of Harry’s birth (circa 1990), I think this was probably a very pertinent question and one that’s yet to be fully resolved.

Nonetheless, Harry provides an interesting discourse on the hippo; friend or foe? A passing glance allows you to lock eyes with his haunting cross-eyed vacant gaze. The visual feast then unfolds. You’ll find yourself exploring the vast cavernous extremities of the hippo’s mouth and lose yourself in the blancmange deepness; so pink, yet so dark. An enigmatic beast.


p.s. I think someone has probably still got a coil pot I made (red and yellow) from 1992 that I could ebay if anyone’s interested? Also, available for commissions and stuff if you like my work, pottery or lino printing, that kind of thing.

Free fodder

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Free delivery!, originally uploaded by benaston.

Ian Beardwell is my milkman. He can deliver milk and much more to my door on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I don’t actually know if he has a beard, probably.

Today was Wednesday so I ordered a ‘much more’ from mainly because they’ve got a ridiculously good coupon – WEBFEB which gives you £10 off your first order this month.

Ian did a good job, riding his electric milk float like a true bearded pro, he delivered my £10 non-milk combo to the door just moments before the clock struck 8am. It’s like the milkman used to be, just without the milk.

Without the coupon, it is a bit expensive, but maybe, just maybe, Ian is perfect for those special occasions just before 9pm (the latest you can order) at night on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays when it’s too dangerous to cross the road to get to the shop, but when you need milk and more the next morning.