Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A visit from India to Halstead.

I was visited by Pragya Awasthi – Senior Manager, and the head of Procurement and Design at Curocarte India, who flew in by private jet to visit my work shed and pottery in Halstead. Now it's not everyday you are contacted by someone from India, so I made sure of a very warm welcome. In fact the weather was quite apt being a bit of a sweltering Indian Summer type day, although Pragya thought it was a bit chilly compared to Mumbai.

Suffice to say, I must say how lovely Pragya was to deal with, and in fact all the representatives of the company I corresponded with. I was paid a very handsome price for my first shipment of work and I couldn't ask for any more.

I felt really honoured and quite flattered to be visited today. Curocarte is an online design and craft start up funded by Aditya Birla, and the business launches in the USA and Indian markets from September.

If it goes well they might be ordering some more pots, so it might be worth doing a bit more potting some time soon!

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...

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Summer sales

It's summer holidays again and needs must.... it's the time of year I go through my stock and wheedle out pots that have hung around, or are seconds...with the aim of making room for more pots!

Mosey over to ebay and there are some reasonably priced stars... (not in cars...)

There's a few local craft exhibitions to do...but I am really  looking forwards to visiting Art in Clay at Hatfield later this month!

Ebay sales at :

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 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...