Target Bowls

IMG_1782IMG_1783I am trying to find more graphic and defined glaze effects to make my bowls more exciting. These are early examples of my efforts. There will be more soon when I have unpacked the current firing.

Commissioned Tagines 2

0009The thrown casseroles have now been biscuit fired to 1070 celsius and are ready for glazing. So far so good. No cracks or faults to be seen.

They have been made with fairly loose fitting lids so that any extra width from the addition of glaze or the distortion which can happen when clay fuses into stone will be accomodated.

Craft Show at Finningham

IMG_2499Here’s me at the Finningham Craft Fair in September ’09.

This is where Finningham is

You can see a few of my regular shapes and colours.

Craft fairs are a great place to meet people and share ideas, I’ve also managed to build up a fan base!

I’ll post regular updates on when and where I’ll be appearing on the site, also I’ll try and get some pictures of the work I’m preparing for the shows.

Red Bowl

IMG_2494Red glazes were fiendishly difficult when I was at college. The chemistry has moved on a lot since then. Semi-matt textured effects like this are now very popular and I can see why. This bowl, as with all my work is glaze fired to 1230 degrees Celsius. This lovely plummy colour would have faded to brown back in the day.

One of the great things about stoneware is the way glazes change colour over edges and throwing rings.

Craft Fairs

IMG_2496The main outlets for work like mine are the local village craft fairs, particularly popular at this pre-Christmas time of year. This one was at Finningham. Lovely day but few customers. The stall holders were buying from each other just to sustain morale don’t y’know, what?


IMG_2366Here’s a set of mugs I made in July. They are OK in a rustic sort of way. The glaze has come out quite well so I’ll keep them. It was suggested that I do sets but no-one wants more than two at a time so far!

Just Thrown Mugs

IMG_2415Here we have newly thrown mugs. yet to have handles attached. I’m new to throwing sets of the same shape.

It’s really difficult!

There are ways of setting gauges for height and width, but I’m not accurate enough yet. The mug cupboard is bursting with wonky, too fat, too small mugs I can’t put out for sale.

Big Blue Tagine

IMG_2358Big Blue is the first result of my Tagine theme.

A holiday in Morrocco in 2007 introduced my wife and I to the wonderful lamb stews of this sub Saharan state. Dried fruit, especially apricots adds to the sweetness of the lamb and the contrasting bitter herb rosemary well known to Mediterranean cuisine.

The stew is eaten from the large pot in the centre of the family table, each diner dipping in with their fingers.

Traditionally tagines are of low fired earthenware in terracotta red clay with straight tapered sides to both pot and open topped lid. My take is to use stoneware clay, curved lines and varied glaze effects. The spouted lid remains for culinary reasons!

Commissioned Tagines

IMG_2538At a recent craft fair I was asked to repeat myself!

Having sold the large blue tagine elsewhere on this site a customer asked me if I could make her something similar. It reminded her of working in the local pottery factory years ago.

So I’m way out of style but who cares if it sells and I enjoy making it?

These are two versions I’m hoping she’ll like. At the moment they are “green” wares having been thrown, dried and now ready for the next “biscuit” firing. After that they’ll be glazed and she will have a choice to make, assuming both survive submission to the fire!