To anyone who might find themselves here rather unexpectedly, having typed in www.firebirdarts.co.uk:
My website of Russian lacquer miniatures is no more. Twenty amazing years of visiting Russia and selling traditional art, through exhibitions, a gallery in Bath, and in recent years through the website, have come to an end. Russia was great – I made 59 visits, and grew a deep love for its people and its culture. But the picture was never going to stand still. Russia has certainly changed since that momentous post-Soviet era, and I have too! I feel that I’ve distilled the experience of Russia through my book The Soul of Russia (also published as Russian Magic), and that the privilege of delivering three lectures to the Temenos Academy in London in 2011 has rounded off the experience. So I’m in from the field, and am focusing now on my work as a writer and a tutor. Thanks Russia! And thanks to everyone who visited Firebird either on line, or in person, during the years since 1992.
I may drop in a blog about Russian culture from time to time. If you’d like that, why not let me know? Here – via Twitter – or by email. What shall we have? Nature spirits – the art of making toasts – or the magical Russian fairy tale? Let me know your preferences!