After six months the new wheel has arrived and the new work space is up and ready. All I needed was my clay. So I drove down to Stoke on Trent to buy my clay from Valentine Clays Ltd www.valentineclays.co.uk. Well worth the drive down as the staff were very friendly and helpful in helping you buy the right clay for your work. So no more pontificating now about when and how! Time to start getting down to throwing some pots with my new white stoneware clay. I must at this point give a big shout to Jim Simpson who’s wheel it is and which he has kindly given me the loan of. Jim has been very supportive in getting me up and running in my ceramic pursuit. Do have look at Jim’s website www.handmadestudiopottery.com because he is a very interesting fellow, free spirit and very experienced potter. So what have i been doing besides drinking tea and eating biscuits in the workshop? Well I have gone back to basics of creating cylinders and small jugs. But I am off on holiday soon so everything is back on hold, but only for a week this time.
I take it all back all the things I said about ebay. Why? Because i have just sold my old wheel on the site and made a tiny profit. I’ve had this wheel for about one and a half years in which it has enabled me to progress in my experimentation with clay. It was with this wheel that i was able to master the art of centering the clay . From this simple but important step I was able to venture into playing at being a potter; making my first attempts at the cylinder and the bowl. My new wheel which is a judson and Pudson wheel is on its way, paid in part by the sale of the old wheel! Although I have found at long last this new wheel l still have the dilemma of finding a place that I can use as my little potters studio. I need a little shed at the bottom of someones garden or an outhouse of some kind with electric of course. If you have this sort of place for my wheel, please leave me a message.