Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Onwards with Curocarte

Well I am busy making new work, not quite over the recent (pleasant) shock of the visit of those lovely Curocarte people all the way from India to my workshop in Essex!
But work is progressing, thrown work complete, awaiting firing, and now slab pots being constructed.  I can't wait to get the batch complete and the fun part of actually rakuing again.

In the meantime, I am just so proud to be associated with Curocarte in India.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

An Indian adventure

Well the dust has settled now and I can tell you about a lovely opportunity  to team up with Mumbai based company, CuroCarte. Founded by Ananya Birla, Curocarte aims to source work by artisans from around the world to showcase their talents in an online design/retail website. From what I gather it is mainly aimed at the emerging Indian market and all I can say is that I am "chuffed" with the link up.

I was visited by Pragya Awashthi who came direct from Mumbai to my studio and workshop. I cannot praise Pragya enough and the founding principles of the company, the website is now live and you can judge for yourself.

I have to keep pinching myself that this actually just happened. Well back to reality, back to the workshed...



Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Lovely lava...crater glaze tests 2

Some interesting stoneware crater and textural glazes tests. I think there may be something workable in these tests for a sculptural piece.The colours are more muted and stoney, but it might just work on a larger sculptural piece..

I really enjoyed seeing these results, reminds me of the need to experiment!

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Volcanic high fire glaze tests

You may remember a year or so back I was experimenting with some lava or volcanic glaze tests. Well it takes ages to get anything done, but I packed a kiln load of tests and hey presto-...the kiln mis fired! It's an on going fault...but it went up to 1170 degrees c instead of 1240.

I've unpacked the kiln and restarted it. Not before I took out these interesting tiles. So far I've only ever achieved a tin white in a lava or crater style. I'm pretty pleased with these and also the crawl style effect. This could open new possibilities for me and my work, so I am pretty pleased and a bit excited. 1170 may be the way to go...

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Raku workshop

I held a Raku workshop for my Pottery class this week. Lots of fun, lots of burning...a bit too much smoke...some horse hair raku...all good fun!

It's a bit crowded at my work studio...so next time we will be holding firings at Brick House Studios in Silver End, Essex. Lots more space to make smoke and fire!

Anyway a great time had by all.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Re-fried pots....

Occasionally I get a batch of pots which don't work out. It's generally ok to re-fire and in most instances it actually can improve the surface of the pot. Warming the pot and then applying another coat of glaze can work wonders too, although take care not to rub off the dried glaze as this can happen quite easily. Worth a go...these are all re fried pots...

Friday, 8 July 2016

Pots en route to Powys...

I'm going through my pot stock wheedling out pieces to sell, and some to re fire which worked out a bit less successfully! Sometimes they need multiple firing to get the best surface.

In the meantime, I've parceled up a jug which is en route to Powys to the Erwood Station Gallery in Bulith Wells.