What a weekend I just had over in Chesterfield. One of the reasons to go to Chesterfield was to get my pots fired in Jim Simpsons kiln.The pots made it over in one piece, and I was all set to get on the wheel at Jim`s to start throwing two-pound pots. But it all went a bit pear-shaped which is down to myself confusing Jim with too many suggestions to what I needed to get done. Jim had started showing me a few techniques on the wheel to speed up my throwing. Which I was supposed to practice soon after, but we had a tea brake and got distracted with recycling the clay I had brought over with me. To put the clay through the pug mill we first had to take it a part and clean it which took some time. On the whole we got a lot of things done like recycling the clay and making up some slips. The pug mill has returned with me to Glossop and will be a great tool in my workshop, also a money saver. Two weeks and I should see the results of the firing of my pots, which hopefully will see the handles still on!
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.