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.
Not quite finished yet, but here are some of my efforts from last Sunday morning. These jugs you can see in the picture are I feel getting me back to a point way back last year, when I was exploring the shape and form of my pots. Jugs and their shape are one aspect that I have explored, also the pulling and attachment of handles. I really like pulling handles, but have struggled with getting the right weight of handle for the pots I have thrown. A good few pots and handles have been sent to the clay bin for one reason and one reason only. They were not right. These jugs are not perfect in certain aspects of the throwing and form, but I am pleased with the results so far and will use these as a visual critical reference, to my future jug throwing.
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Using Sodium Silicate to Create Crackled Texture with Hsin-Chuen Lin – YouTube. This is a long video, but worth the watch as Hsin-Chuen Lin demonstrates how to Stretch a pot with Sodium Silicate mixed with red slip applied to the surface. Hsin-Chuen Lin said in this video it was a “good way of practicing stretching of pots for shape and form”.
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