One of my objectives for this year was to try other forms, such as bowls. This of course is a natural progression from the jugs that I have made over the last year. I’ve enjoyed making the jugs since I first started on this new direction of my creative juices into ceramics. On my first wheel, which was a pottery turning wheel and very inappropriate for the task of throwing forms, I started to feel my way around the plasticity of the clay. I now find my self in a unique position, in that every small step I take leads to another possibility of creating. Creating what I can hear you say! I think by that last statement I am trying to covey the difficulty in getting too a consistency in my throwing. A lot of blogs I read jump to the finished forms they have created and don’t seem to reflect on the process of the journey at getting there. Throwing clay I have found is those small steps i mention earlier, is learning one hard lesson in that its got a memory.
Last week I was playing around on the wheel making small bowls. When in the process of trying to get a bowl off the wheel, it went out of shape because I had not fixed some paper over the top and so supporting it as it was removed. It was now a oval shape instead of round. Then a moment of you tube recall entered my head. I thought I had seen a clip on you tube where you just dropped a bowl onto a flat surface, where upon contact the bowl would regain its shape. O no, one part regained its shape, but caused the opposite side to collapse. I’ve kept it as I thought it would make a nice soap dish.
I stumbled upon this exhibition at the Salford Art Gallery and Museum a couple of days ago on my travels.
In the early 20th century, a local firm, Pilkington’s, based at Clifton Junction near Swinton, Salford was one of the most important international suppliers of high quality decorative tiles and art pottery.Their products were stylish, desirable and expensive, perfect for furnishing fashionable middle-class homes.Pilkington’s success was due to superior design combined with technical expertise and good publicity.Pilkington’s Tile and Pottery Company Ltd was formed by four Pilkington brothers who were colliery owners. They employed as manager the dynamic William Burton, previously the chemist at Josiah Wedgwood and Sons.Burton’s deputy manager was his youngest brother, Joseph, who had responsibility for developing new glazes.The company began tile making with local clay in 1893, in a spacious purpose-built and ultra-modern factory.In 1904, when pottery production in the Art Nouveau style began, Pilkington’s started to rival known ceramic names like Minton, Bernard Moore, Doulton and Maw & Co. The above text was taken from the Pilkington’s Lancastrian Pottery Society.