I been chasing jugs for a while now during these last summers months. But I have not still I feel got my jugs to where I want them yet. The jug making has been a lot of fun and still is and still is my pet project at the moment. Big ones and small one of all shapes and sizes they line my shelfs. Sunday just gone was a good jug making day and now I am just waiting for these pots to go leather hard. I have had a bit of a problem with getting my pots leather hard or getting the timing right when they are at that state. As my work shop is very cool, the pots take a week to get to the leather hard state. In my keenness to attached my handles to jugs I have distorted the jugs in the process as they have still been soft! When I have not been moving flat again this summer or in the workshop I have been distracted by other things like potters shows for one over the summer months, I have visited a good few show where potters have been showing their wares. Here is a nice example of one the delights of those shows. I bought this and I just love it.
Having been away from the wheel for six months I have now been back practicing my basic shapes and producing some jugs. Having moved my damp cupboard into my work space I can concentrate on getting the form right on my jugs as the cupboard allows me to store the jugs until I have the time to attach the handles. Also during this week I have focused more of my attention on the marking of the surface.Form and marking the surface are my areas of focus at the moment! The shape or form of my pots are in the eye of the beholder of course. so any small or large detail in the texture that I can add to the surface will I hope complement the pot when finally finished. If i was to direct the reader to two places or interest, it would be this book; Potters Tips Practical Advice for Potters from Readers of Ceramic Review. Also check out this website you tube clips, especially the video on chattering. Hsinchuen also does a video on making your own tool for chattering!
Manor Stokes Wood-firing Group. Please continue to spread the word if you know of people who may also be interested in joining.
As you can see from the examples below, hand building in clay is an Art out on its own. When I was at the potters barn in Sandbach http://www.thepottersbarn.f2s.com/ for my pottery class last week, a gentleman was showing his hand building work of which he had made a dragon and a tall pot that looked no different from one thrown on a wheel. A good example of some one that creates fantastic creatures out of clay also is a chap called Adrian Holt. Adrian lives and works up here in the high peak. Here is his website http://adrianholt.co. / . Adrian Holt is a ceramics artist who produces an eclectic and unusual range of ceramics that create eye-catching displays suitable for decorating any environment.