Pottery Painting in Hereford UK
"Manic Ceramics Pottery Painting Studio 21 West St."
Anyone can drop into this lovely studio shop and choose an item of pottery - most of which has been made at their Hereford factory, and then just have a really relaxing time sitting and painting your pottery. They will then glaze fire it - and the finished piece looks really amazing and can be used. I painted my boyfriend a mug for his birthday - and he uses it every day. The staff are great fun and really helpful. Loads of children were calling in to paint and collect pottery - a really lovely atmosphere to the place - what a great city centre find!!
Inside the cathedral
Hereford is a lovely cathedral, with much to explore inside.
The nave was built in the 1100s, but later larger windows were added (when dimly-lit religious buildings went out of fashion).
The Norman font is big enough for children to be fully immersed......a pretty chilly experience in Medieval times!
There are many Medieval tombs within the cathedral. Most are heavily defaced (thanks to the Reformation and, later, the Puritans) and many are unidentifiable. However, it is probable that most are of clerics and religious people associated with the cathedral.
In the south transpet is a rather lovely tryptych of the Swabian school, dating from 1530. It shows the adoration of the Magi, with St Ursula and St, Gabriel on the side-panels.
Once, all English cathedral interioirs were highly decorated. It's unusual to find anything but the smallest remnants of this, but Hereford has a couple of beautifully painted tombs.
Sadly, the painting is a result of restoration in the early 20th century, rather than original.
This tomb is thought to be that of Peter de Grandisson, who died in 1358.
The Stanbury Chapel (for Bishop John Stanbury, who died in 1434) is tiny, and filled with the most beautiful fan vaulting. The staned glass windows date from 1923.
There is little Medieval stained glass in any of our cathedrals or churches nowadays.....most of what you see is Victorian or later. Glass is fragile.
But some does remain. This window has a little, although the figures are fromthe 20th century.
How to tell if it's Medieval stained glass? If the sun shines through it, there will be no pretty colours reflected oto the floor. If there are colours reflected , it is Tudor or later.