Wednesday, April 23, 2008
My plan is to do a load of glaze tests before doing anything with the finished pots I'm accumalating. Last night I threw a lot of tiny pots off the hump which should make better glaze tests than tiles. I'm picking up some glaze ingredients from our local potters supplier next week so I can mix a bunch of different recipies.
Monday, April 7, 2008
This bowl which I raku fired yesterday was a special commission from my dear wife Mel.
Its purpose is to hold a ball of yarn in place during knitting or crochet. Its a slightly closed in bowl with a wide foot and relatively heavily thrown.
While spending a week with family down in Cornwall we visited the recently restored Leach Pottery in St Ives.
The clay room, kiln room and main workshop have all been restored to how they were when the pottery was in use and contain many interesting tools and materials including Bernard Leach's own wheel. New buildings have been added to house an exhibition of Leach's work, a shop and new workshops were some lucky students will learn. There was an exhibition of Bernard Leach's work as well as work for sale by various contomporary potters including Bernard's grandson John Leach all of which was very inspirational.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The name for this blog comes from a pottery technique of producing several items from one large mound of clay on the wheel. This technique appeals to me a lot for some reason although I'm not using it much yet. Its main advantage is for the repeated production of several small items since you don't need to centre a ball of clay for each item, small amounts are fiddly to centre on the wheel. More interesting is the extra freedom it gives you, you can take as much clay as you need for the item, even change your mind and take a bit more by working downwards. This video is a pretty inspiring example of the technique being used by a Spanish potter.
I've been displaying some work at an exhibition of local arts and crafts at the village where I take pottery classes. I wasn't that keen to part with so many items just yet so I only offered 2 for sale which have both sold. I think I underpriced them to be honest. Here they are amongst some other much more interesting pots.