Successful firing and an oil raku

The first wood firing was a great success.  No explosions, no major shelf destruction and generally a lot of ooohs and aaahs as the work was slowly removed.  Some of the glazes I'd used hadn't worked quite in the way I was expecting them to.  The shino in particular crawled on a couple of pieces... Continue Reading →

Japanese tea ceremony and throwing demo

We were lucky that our study trip to Kesckemet coincided with a Japanese tea ceremony and throwing demo event organised by the Japan Foundation.  I have never seen a tea ceremony being performed before and having read about it in my research on the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi I was keen to experience it... Continue Reading →


Dave organised another tutorial on glazes for us but unfortunately my son Jake was poorly that day and off school so I couldn't make it into uni.  Luckily Dorit volunteered to hook me up using Skype on her mobile phone and it worked really well.  I could see clearly the demo that Dave gave and... Continue Reading →

Plates and bowls

I've been working on a few ideas over the last couple of weeks. Taking some of the worn fence posts dotted about the nature reserve as inspiration I've been making plates, bowls and some cups. The plates I made by rolling out slabs and using an existing plate as a former. The slabs had firmed... Continue Reading →

More Walks, More Colour, More Texture…

Dog walking always brings lots of opportunities for hunting out sources of inspiration. I seem to notice more and more things every day. These photos were taken in Fairfield Association Fauna Nature Reserve. The old ways running through there have been around for hundreds of years and were probably used by people travelling too and... Continue Reading →

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