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Day 3's firing highlights...

I got up relatively early again today to get the kiln lit, and pushed through another batch of copper matte pots and assorted raku glazed dishes. It's quite tiring firing in hot weather, and it does seem to affect the cooling process and therefore the colour development of the pots. Timing is everything!

However 1 or 2 pieces worked really well, interestingly I seem to be getting a lot more reds than I ever used to. Oh well- just 1 more day's firings to go- probably in the next week or so. Here are some of the fired pots from  earlier today- fresh from the kiln.






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Mo Jupp

My connection to Mo was as a student at Middlesex University in the dog days of the ceramics course during the 90's. He was my personal tutor for four years. Diminutive of stature and blinking in the funny way he did, we all came to love him as a tutor.
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At times he played down his reputation ,when we  first year students twigged what a great artist he really was. He simply claimed that he was a big fish in a small pond unlike his heroes - Giacometti or Modigliani. Modestly he said his income nearly all came from teaching. Yet here was a g…