Roman shaped pots in the making. I have some Roman pottery shards of rims of pots. I am going to try and cut out the shard shapes and glue the Roman shard into the new pot. Roman/Rob Pots.
Greek inspired pots in the making.
decorated. unfired Krater
Shards of 3rd century BC Greek pots.
Shards of 3rd Century BC. The pot base of a Krater is incorporated as the base of a Greek inspired pot standing on the wooden crate.
Greek inspired pot incorporating 3rd Century BC shard.
Greek inspired pot incorporating original base of 3rd century BC Krater.
Copy of 3rd century BC Greek Skyphos made for a collector
Really enjoyed repairing this Tang Horse from the 8th Century AD.
The legs, hand, tail, foot of cheetah and the base were modelled in clay then cast in plaster before attaching.
This Bantam Eggcup and Spoon featured in the Sunday Telegraph on 20th July 2014 in an article on Bantams by Francine Raymond.
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It's been a while since the last post. A lot has happened over the past 3 months. The studio had it's opening at the end of July which was a great success and good fun. A lot of people turned up, bought plenty of pots, drank the wine and ate all the food - what more could one ask for. Since then there has been a steady flow of customers and I must say I could not have wished it to go any better.
I finally finished the 2 of the 3 fossil panels I spoke about in the last blog. And very pleased that one has sold already. They are quite time consuming but very enjoyable to make.
I have got some work in a local shop/gallery which seems to be going well and have had some work in a gallery near Colchester. The gallery is a delightful converted barn called the Geedon Gallery. Sales have been really good there and I have been down several times taking more work. Unfortunately for my bank balance it is quite near West Mersea and my partner is very keen on oysters so we usually make a detour to the Oyster Bar for a snack! I must say it makes delivery work a much more enjoyable experience. I have made quite a few commemorative plates recently. I make a tin glazed blue and white version and a stoneware unglazed one that has impressed lettering. There are some new pictures of those under plates and pots on the website. Really enjoy making these although I have to be very careful with spelling. It's so easy to think more about spacing than what you are actually writing!
I am working on some new large coil pots at the moment. They are based on sea urchins and as I like the idea of text on pots I have included some on the rims of these. I think they work well but would be pleased to hear your comments. I shall put some pictures up of them so far and the finished article when they are oxides and fired.
The raku pots, particularly the turquoise glazed ones, have been well received and sales have been good. There is always an inconsistency to raku which is the joy and the frustration of it.The bucket glaze does change over a fairly short period of time and I have found myself glazing with one particular bucket expecting one result and finding the results, although pleasing, not quite what I anticipated! Must remember to label bucket!
That's about it for now. I have some interesting commissions to do to take me to the end of the year and must say am really enjoying myself.
The picture is of some of the components of the fossil panel I have started that I mentioned in my first blog. They are raku pieces which I am going to invert on to soil and aggregate that I have put in to a former. I shall then pour plaster over the top. Hopefully there should be a fairly interesting image. It's a bit like painting with clay, plaster and soil. I will post the finished article on the next blog. Meanwhile I have got some bowls,jugs and mugs to make for a shop. I enjoy throwing, it's a good discipline and a pleasant feeling seeing rows of pots made. Am beginning to get in touch with galleries/shops now.
Well, this is the first Blog I have ever written. So here goes.
A friend and myself starting building the studio last Spring - by September the footings and slab were in and the timber frame was up by October. It took a lot longer as we only had weekends but a very pleasurable time was had seeing it gradually taking shape. Once I have the hang of this I will put some photos on of the progress. The studio was finally finished in February. I was very fortunate to buy a kiln secondhand from just down the road. It a toploader ( not one I would have considered normally as I have built a few kilns in the past) but it works brilliantly and suits my needs for the present. I have been working in there for a few months. It's brilliant - so much better than a classroom!
I have made a series of Raku pots. Mostly decorated with a copper blue glaze and have started working on a new glaze ( that sounds very grand but what I do is adapt existing recipes to suit my needs). For example adding more oxide or taking out some of the china clay. It's a white crackle glaze and I think it really works well with unglazed areas and I like the contrast of the glossy crackle and the matt black of the reduced body.
I have finished a number of commissions for wedding plates and a plaque for the village to mark the planting of a willow tree for the Queens Jubilee. I am also working on a series of fossil panel which are a mixed media piece comprising of Raku fossils, sand, gravel and plaster.
The one thing I haven't done is get in touch with galleries etc. Not something I am that keen on doing but it will have to be done and once work is out there I will feel better about it.
So, that is my first blog! Not as painful as I thought!!
Lampbases to compliment Annette Rolston's lovely handprinted linocut lampshades in the process of making.
Enjoying doing these.
applying leaves to base
Cane tops for Mia Witham at Forma for Living drying out ready for firing. I will add the link to her website when I find out how to do it!
Link now on below - pots firing next week. Mia will be displaying them at the Walsham-le-Willows Gardens Weekend.
The finished sculptural cane tops.