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February 27, 2015

When I started making ceramics I was always disappointed with my finished work.   The pieces rarely matched up with the images in my head.   When I picked up my first coral inspired piece, my tutor saw me looking at the pot and asked me whether I liked it.  I said I di...

February 26, 2015

It’s a fact that there are not many colleges offering full time ceramic courses or degrees these days.  I had assumed it was a funding issue, but there is another problem here.   Sometime ago I asked a fine artist why her college didn’t offer ceramics and she said “It’...

February 25, 2015

Yesterday, someone asked me a very good question about my pots:  "Where do they come from?".   She was trying to understand how I ended up pit firing moon jars.  Its what you call a very good question (i.e. one that is not easy to answer!).  



February 23, 2015

 I have a first public sale coming up in May.   Obviously, this is quite a "big thing".   Shed time at the moment is all about creating pieces for the sale and the current waking obsession is how many of each pot to make, in what size, and what finish.   Because my wor...

February 19, 2015

 I have a sawdust shortage....  for a pit fiting potter, this is a bit of an issue.   To be strictly correct, I can buy lots of pet bedding sawdust, which is luxurious stuff if you are a guinea pig - but not so good for me.  Aside from the fact I have to buy it, its to...

February 13, 2015

The iconic Korean Moon Jars were made in the late to mid 17th to mid-18th century and were used for storing rice, soy sauce, alcohol and sometimes displaying flowers.  In the same way that I have been drawn to this form, so have other modern artists including Lucie Rie...

February 12, 2015


For a year now I have been part time at work, to allow me to become a potter on Wednesdays.   Tuesdays evenings are like the new Fridays when I cycle off to college and the next morning, I change the desk and office clothes for an apron and the shed.   This gives me o...

February 5, 2015

At my first class at Morley College, each of us was given a supply of clay and the task was to produce a coiled vessel.   Cool, right?   So over the next two sessions, each person produced their first pot.  The thing was, each person's pot was ...

February 4, 2015

When I decided I needed to get a bit more Right Brain balance into my Left Brain life, I consulted Floodlight (google it).   In the old days, it was a paper volume, but now its online and countrywide and you can browse college courses in anything -  in d...

February 3, 2015

Okay - I admit it, its not really a "shed" (see pic on previous post).  Its more of a 'garden studio' but it sounds pretentious when describing a workshop (even if the space is fabulous, which it is).  I have had the shed for a year now, and its one of the best things...

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