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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Process: Making handmade pottery plates

It’s been a while since I last talked shop with all these projects going on! Lately I’ve been making a lot of plates, products seem to go in cycles during the seasons and I think in spring people really start to think about their summer entertaining.

Plates are a big part of eating and the style and colour of a dish can really spark off a meal. Just think about the difference between an office canteen and a Michelin starred restaurant! I like to think that the kinds of plates I produce have a kind of rustic charm to them for a cozy look.
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Pumpkin for Halloween

A few months ago I introduced a new seasonal glaze into the range, an autumnal pumpkin orange. So far it’s had mixed reactions at craft fairs, personally I like it but it isn’t the sort of shade that’s to everyones taste.

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I was really pleased when this custom order came through for a set of six place settings and pumpkin was one of the chosen colours. I think it goes really nicely in with the other softer glaze colours I currently stock.
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Hand thrown pottery new to the shop for summer

Did you notice that my website disappeared over the weekend? If you tried to access the site I was busy switching domain hosts, don’t worry I’m still here!

Summer is just around the corner and in the past few weeks I’ve been creating and experimenting with some new pieces to stock in the shop, I like to think they reflect some of the seasonality of summer with more delicate colours.

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The Leach Pottery, St Ives

You might have noticed that last week there was no blog post because I was away living it up in St Ives.

Cornwall is famous for scrumpy cider, pasties, fish and chips, long stretches of beautiful coastline and if your a potter its a mecca thanks to Bernard Leach. Who set up a pottery with Shoji Hamada in 1920, ever since its attracted other potters and artists to its golden shores.

I was there for four days to do some throwing and learn some new techniques. It was great to meet the Leach Pottery gang – Peter, Ella, Gordon, Kat and Midori.

It was really quite an inspiring trip for me that’s made me realise perhaps my throwing isn’t so bad! Probably the best thing I took away from the tuition was how to make plates.
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