Daughters of Earth

Work by Liz Mathews, lettering artist and studio potter.

Most recent posts:

The Prospect of Happiness

A tour of Liz’s recent exhibition at The Peggy Jay Gallery, Burgh House, Hampstead

6th to 17th July 2022

The longest night

(Work in focus, December 2021)

Celebrating the year’s midnight, and looking forward to the light.


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

(Work in Focus, February 2021)

Snowy London, and the song of the snow, with Virginia Woolf and Jeremy Hooker.


Fired South side

One house, six portraits

(Work in focus, February 2021)

A collection of portraits of one lovely Arts & Crafts house — and how to commission a house portrait.



Walking with Maureen Duffy’s Wanderer

(Gallery talk, November 2020)

A special online event celebrating Maureen Duffy’s work and the launch of a new digital collection, STRANDlines, with an in-depth look at my artist’s book Walking, setting lines from Maureen Duffy’s poem Wanderer.


30 Full view of Dunkirk side

An invitation to Dunkirk

(Work in focus, May 2020)

For the eightieth anniversary of Dunkirk, a new edition of The Dunkirk Project, a new short film, and new features including a series exploring Dunkirk artworks, and highlights from Dunkirk stories.


Detail from Proclaiming Spring, words by Maureen Duffy, artist's book by Liz Mathews

Messages from nature

(Work in focus, April 2020)

A new poem by Maureen Duffy, and a wake-up call from nature


Prism (detail) - paperwork by Liz Mathews, text by Winifred Nicholson

Alone together

(Digressions, April 2020)

Some rainbows and uplifting poetry for dark times


Journeys of imagination

(Work in Focus,  February 2020)

Two very exciting new books from The Pottery Press (images by me)



Memories in clay

(Work in Focus, March 2019)

An article about my work

in Country Life magazine


Snow in feathers

(Work in Focus, January 2019)

A snowy evening,

winter poems by John Clare

and waiting in hope for better times

December nights

Frost, stars, and the consolations of art

(Digressions, December 2018)

These December nights, a Nutcracker and Climate Change


John Clare’s green hours

(Work in Focus, July 2018)

Loving thoughts on John Clare’s birthday.


Under the Quarry Woods

(Work in Focus, April 2018)

A new pamphlet

by Jeremy Hooker

from The Pottery Press

and a new artist’s book

inspired by it.

A Triptych from The Pottery Press

(Gallery talks, April 2018)

An event celebrating our first three pamphlets


The Blue Hour of Natalie Barney

(Work in Focus, November 2017)

A new book from The Pottery Press

and the premiere of an exciting new play by Frances Bingham

directed by Kenneth Hoyt

with Amanda Boxer as Natalie Barney

at London’s Arcola Theatre


A Walk with Virginia Woolf

(Work in Focus, September 2017)

Some new additions to The British Library’s collection

– walking with Virginia Woolf and flying with Maureen Duffy

Past Present and Sir Orfeo

Past Present at The Pottery Press

(Gallery talks, Work in Focus, September 2017)

An exciting new publication

from The Pottery Press

and an enormous book

setting a poem/translation

by Maureen Duffy

T to D at BL for BABE2017

BABE 2017

(Gallery talks, April 2017)

An international artists’ book fair

and guest blog interview


The moment that holds you

(Gallery talks, January 2017)

An artist’s film walking through

the year with Jeremy Hooker’s poems

Norfolk cottage

House portraits from Potters’ Yard

(Work in Focus, July 2016)

A new website about

30 years of miniature

architectural studies


A small part of Europe

(Gallery talks, Midsummer 2016)

A photo-diary of

Hot ice and wondrous strange snow

Version 2

Hot ice and wondrous strange snow

(Work in Focus, June 2016)

My summer exhibition

and an artists’ book fair

in beautiful Norwich


At the turn of the year

(Work in Focus, January 2016)

A showcase of artist’s books

to accompany new poetry

by Maureen Duffy

Detail from Sixth Song, Paper Wings - text by Maureen Duffy

Autumn on the wing

(Gallery talks, September 2015)

Three autumn excursions

with the books

The Dunkirk Project invitation card

An extraordinary panorama

(Work in Focus, May 2015)

A new Edition of

The Dunkirk Project for 2015

Photo by Jessica Atkinson

Paper wings and the material word

(Gallery talks, autumn 2014)

Artist’s book and film

on show at the sixth

Poetry Library Open Day

Paper Wings Song 42 (text by Maureen Duffy) artist's book and installation by Liz Mathews

Fly away on paper wings

(Gallery talks, summer 2014)

A new artist’s book installation

at Enitharmon Press

On this high hill (artist's book by Liz Mathews, text by Dylan Thomas), unfolded

Entrances – Dylan Thomas

(Work in focus, spring 2014)

A tribute to Dylan Thomas on

his 100th anniversary

Handel's trees (detail), artist's book by Liz Mathews, text by Frances Bingham

In the shade of the plane trees

(Work in focus, summer 2013)

A celebration of summer for

my Singing the Year collection

Liz Mathews with Thames to Dunkirk in the British Library's Writing Britain exhibition 2012

Writing Britain

(Gallery talks, May 2012)

Reviews and responses to

exhibition at the British Library

Writing Britain at the British Library

(Work in focus, March 2012)

My artist’s book Thames to Dunkirk

on exhibition at the British Library

light wells

(Work in focus, March 2012)

My summer exhibition at the LCP

in North London

In the cauld blast

(Work in focus, January 2012)

Winter Wild, from

Love & Freedom: Burns’ Year

River songs in winter

(Work in focus, December 2011)

New work in clay, handmade paper

and driftwood from the Thames

These Golden Days

(Work in focus, Autumn 2011)

Autumn journeys and

a winter exhibition

These Golden Days

(Work in focus, Autumn 2011)

Autumn journeys and

a winter exhibition

These Golden Days

(Work in focus, Autumn 2011)

Autumn journeys and

a winter exhibition


(Work in focus, August 2011)

Taking books to Edinburgh

and other festivals

Swallows on the Thames

(Work in focus, July 2011)

Summer evenings by the river

To the sea

(Gallery talks, June 2011)

A tour round my exhibition


Watermark at the Ice House

(Work in focus, May 2011)

Mingling in the warmth of May

in Holland Park

Waiting for the swallows

(Work in focus, April 2011)

Blossomy lengthening days,

and a cottage in a garden

Stories and marks

(Work in focus, March 2011)

A tale of spring, a new book

and an exhibition of new work

Bees in Winter

(Work in focus, February 2011)

Spells for the bees and

the feast of St Valentine

The turning year

(Work in focus, January 2011)

Pots for midwinter and

Books of Hours

Glad Christmass

(Work in focus, 22nd December)

Seasonal pots and wishes

The downs in snow

(Work in focus, 17th December)

(and the city too)

A vision of a better future

(Digressions, 11th December)

Driftwood with text by

Vita Sackville-West,

and a soapbox

Winter is come

(Work in focus, 2nd December)

A snow storm by

John Clare

In another land


(Work in focus, 26th November)

Wordsworth and Patrick Moore

evoking the Northern Lights

Autumn trees

(Work in focus, 19th November)

Sweeping the leaves and catching

light in the orchard

A Topography

(Gallery talks, 10th November)

Thames to Dunkirk goes to

The British Library

Light fantastick

(Work in Focus, 28th October)

Dancing to the music

of the spheres

Parlours of heaven

(Work in Focus, 8th October)

Apples, blackberries

and leaves of grass

One fresh spring abiding

(Work in Focus, 1st October)

A fountain on the heath,

and a sea breeze

Hail, sweet Autumn

(Work in Focus, 23rd September)

Flowers and fruit for the

Autumn equinox

Containers of something else

(Work in Focus, 14th September)

Throwing on the wheel and

pots for special times

A kingfisher and a little elephant

(Work in Focus, 7th September)

An artist’s book on

a different scale

Harvest home

(Work in Focus, 27th August)

Pots to celebrate the last pleasures

of summer

Store of happiness

(Work in Focus, 19th August)

A one-elephant book

celebrating seasonal



(Work in Focus, 13th August)

A new group of paperworks

including an artist’s book called


Light music

(Work in Focus, 6th August)

Inspiring colour poems from

the films of Margaret Tait

Long summer lavender

(Work in Focus, 30th July 2010)

Summer pots and singing to the bees

River names

(Work in Focus, 23rd July)

A one-elephant artist’s book with a rivery text from Geoffrey Grigson’s Shell Country Alphabet

The mysteries remain

(Gallery talks, 16th July )

About creativity, making art, and secrets

A Midsummer Cushion

(Work in Focus, 8th July)

Making plates and celebrating John Clare’s poetry

Shining sky

(Work in Focus, 2nd July)

A one-elephant artist’s book with a meteoric text by Giovanni Pascoli translated by EJ Scovell

The lovely blue

(Work in Focus, 25th June)

A spell for a heatwave with text by M. Minnaert

Questioning Dunkirk

(Gallery Talks, 25th June)

Talking about our perspective on the past, making art collectively, and the next stage of  The Dunkirk Project

Now summer is in flower

(Work in Focus, 17th June)

Strawberry bowls, wine jugs and flowers everywhere

Beyond Dunkirk

(Work in Focus, 9th June)

An update on the progress of my interactive online installation, The Dunkirk Project

Bank Holiday Weekend Clouds

(Work in Focus, 30th May)

A little elephant book with a reckless prediction for the weekend, which perhaps I will regret making

Towards Dunkirk

(Work in Focus, on 24th May)

About the making of Thames to Dunkirk and The Dunkirk Project

The Dunkirk Project

(Work in Focus on 15th May)

Introducing my online interactive installation, live online from 27th May to 4th June 2010, the 70th anniversary of the Evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940

Clay pages and balancing gravity

(Gallery Talks on 7th May)

About making banners and building layered works from small parts

Green be your woods

(Work in Focus on 7th May)

Bluebells and seasonal pots

Constable’s clouds

(Work in Focus, 26th April)

A one elephant artist’s book

with text and cloud formation

by John Constable

Like flowers in the sky

(Gallery talks, 12th April)

The sky a bowl of stars

As you I am

(Gallery talks on 30th March)

Past and future meet in

poetry of witness from

Kathleen Raine

Shelley’s cloud

(Work in Focus on 30th March)

One of the first of my new

One Elephant artist’s books, torn

from a single sheet of handmade paper

Jolly Spring doth enter

(Work in Focus, 19th March)

Seasonal pots

Hope of Poetry

(Gallery talks on 8th March)

About the art of lettering on clay

– why, where and how


(Work in Focus on 2nd March 2010)

Throwing pots, the hidden sphere,

and the magic of the kiln