I have changed clay and produced yet another jug, which is taking sometime to dry out. The reason for the change was no other reason than clubbing together with other potters to bulk buy some clay As I have forgotten the supplier it came from, I also can not remember the clays name: sorry ive got it written down at home. I`ve found it!!! http://spencroftceramics.co.uk and the clay is Fleck Stoneware 1150-1280. Its being a big hit with me as I have found it to be more manageable on the wheel. Its plasticity has enabled my throwing and handle pulling to progress. The marks are made by a machine part cog, which I found in a draw in the workshop. I hope you like! The kiln I mentioned in an early post is still in Chesterfield, waiting to be collected. Although it’s a three-phase electric kiln, it’s going to be converted to a gas-fired kiln. Roll on the new year when I will be cooking on gas.
A big smile and a big thank you to all the people who have help me on my pottery journey, as I have made my first sale of two jugs. I can tell you its a great feeling to have completed the process from clay to sale . A grand total of £22.00 pounds from the two sales will go towards the purchase of new clay. Thank you jim, jenny, Elaine,grace, Joseph,james,sam and Lotties Loft in Glossop.
Here is my fixed pug thanks to Jim Simpson who had to drill and refit the position of the chuck and motor as it had some how disengaged.
Also a good day throwing yesterday, as in I feel I am getting to know and feel the clay more. Which is making me contemplate throwing some salt jars as they are the same cylinder shape as a jug, just a bit wider and with a short cylinder base on the front attached.
I recently went to the Wardlow Mires pottery and Food Festival, in Derbyshire. This is a real must for your diary for next year! Get on the mailing list. There are around fifty potters exhibiting their wares. I will up date my links to some of these potters as they are well worth a visit online. As my site says, I am a newbie potter and as such I found lots of inspiration and sound advice from the potters at the show. Mike Dodd is a potter with lots of advice .Another potter that caught my attention was Ruthanne Tudball a soda glazed ceramics artist, you can find her work at . But what have done as far as my own pottery. Well I am still doing my jugs and getting pleased with my forms. My handles have taken a bit of a step back, but over all I am happy with the way things are going.
. As certain things come in to play like getting my centring and form more true. I then started some time back thinking of how I was
was going to cook my pots. I looked at lots of kilns on eBay and gumtree and found then either over priced or too far away. So I have decided to build my own, with the help of joe finch kilns.