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The Ledbury Gallery

I was really pleased to send some new work to the Ledbury Art Gallery in Herefordshire this week. It's an offshoot of the Lion Street and Erwood Station Galleries. I've been busy double boxing and wrapping pots so hopefully it's a good representation of my current work. Bon Voyage!

Aside from that, the sodium silicate test pots are coming along nicely, and I've been glaze testing in the new Cromartie kiln. This time it's stoneware temperature, but the effects I've been perservering with have a little of the immediacy and tactile quality of more on that later I hope! A additional range perhaps.

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Pictured - some of my raku work and Brent Blair and the manager at Ledbury.

More raku....

I just thought I'd share one or two pieces from last weeks raku firings. These bowls will be popping at a couple of events soon- at Chelmsford Museum and at the Bazaar at Firsite in Colchester in the next month or so. They'll be the last for a while before I get back to making, sculpting and throwing once again.

A flirtation with wood ash and stoneware

It's been 17 years since I last fired any pots with ash glazes... I tend to be known for somewhat "whacky" Raku...but I do have an appreciation for classical  japanese and korean pottery. I'd also been experimenting with ash glazes and nuka glaze- which traditionally is made from rice hulk ash...but in my case - whatever I burned in the fire place over winter!

It's been an enjoyable process. Whether or not I pursue this line..I don't know, although I would like to develop the texture into bowl forms. I'm still deciding on the's all good fun and experimentation is good for the soul with pottery. I haven't been doing enough of late.

New online shop with Handmade in Britain

You may remember a few years back I had  link up with Handmade in Britain, which led to me participating in 2 exhibitions, one at Bath and one in New Delhi in India! (This was before the days of  "Curocarte"...)  I was lucky enough to gain a write up in Handmade in Britian vol 1- published by Vivays too.

A few years later and I've joined up with Handmade again, this time via their online shop. This is now officially open! There's a new customer 10 percent off discount which can be used for first purchases and I include that below. Have a browse at :

The Gallery at No 3, Ellesmere

A few of my decorative raku bowls and small chawans are heading on up to #Ellesmere to the "Gallery at no 3". Some of my sculptural work featured there a few years back, and now these raku bowls will be replacing them. It's a charming local gallery in Shropshireand I wish my bowls success on their journey to their new home! I really hope to make the journey up myself over the summer.

A quick spot of publicity....Harper's Bazaar Magazine

I was very surprised to see one of my "Pisces" vessels crop up in a recent edition of "Harper's Bazaar" magazine. This was of course the Indian edition, where my work as you probably know by now, (as I've been going on about nothing else for two years !) is being marketed by the design firm Curocarte. I have to say this  was rather a pleasant surprise. Ok, that's enough self publicity...back to the pots then...!

New bowls for Spring exhibition at the Erwood Station Gallery

Erwood Station Gallery is one of my favourite places, based in Builth-wells in Powys. Perched on a picturesque hillside with stunning views, roaming sheep... it is situated at the site of an old railway station. Carriages and the old station  double as a fantastic  gallery space, and the work displayed is always carefully arranged and curated. I feel honoured to exhibit at what is primarily a gallery for Welsh and borders artists. (I'm from my native Essex!)

So a grouping of medium dishes, small chawans, and large dishes is on it's way. Prices range from £45 for smaller Chawans  to £75 for one of the larger copper, blue and white crackle  dishes.

New work online part 2

Lots of sculptural work is now up at #Rippinghamart online gallery. As some of you may know, I've been dealing with David and Jan Rippingham for the past few years and they have hand picked some very interesting and renowned artists, potters and crafts people. It's great to be sharing work through their online gallery again. Brand new pots now online.

Have a peek here: