14 Oct 13

Problems with plates

I often think that pottery is a multidisciplinary art, there’s so much to learn and master – it’s always pushing you to try and make sense out of unexplained things that happen in the process. It’s part art, part science and part management which makes for a sometimes unforgiving mix of potential errors that can creep into any stage of the process.
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17 Feb 13

Glazes

Recently I’ve been getting a lot of questions about custom orders, I always try whenever I can to accommodate those requests. Unfortunately glazes are one of those things that are difficult to reproduce especially from photos.

Glazes themselves are a variety of powders mixed together; the majority of a glaze is glass formed through heating silica or sand at a high temperature in the kiln. Joining this is a variety of fluxes to lower the temperature and to stablise the glaze and finally there is a colourant. Colourants are usually natural compounds powders created from minerals dug from the Earth itself.
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28 May 12

Making up

You might find this a little weird since it’s easily hitting 20 degrees everyday but I’ve been making up my latest jumper. It’s the Cabled Jumper from ‘Glamour Knits’ by Erika Knight, I’ve been knitting it in a lovely forest green shade of Rowan Big Wool.

As you’d expect it’s knit up super quick and while I was sewing this together I was thinking about all the different making up techniques for jumpers. I’ve never been fond of the making up process, I feel I need to learn to love weaving in all those ends!
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23 Apr 12

Handmade for you

Recently I’ve been making a few changes to my packaging, it’s not something I’ve taken a lot of photos of and I think that’s a shame. The way I parcel items is always changing, there’s always of course a practical element in posting pottery. It has to be secure – packed with peanuts and bubble wrap but once you get beyond that it’s the little things.
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