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Summer shows....

It's a busy time of year of exhibitions and pottery demonstrations, which are lovely but all the same rather tiring and I'm looking forwards to a bit of rest and pot making in the workshop. But you can't complain when it's something you love to do.


Pots and throwing with the little folk last week #ChelmsfordMuseum.....and photos from new work now on show at #GalleryNumber4- St. Abbs, Eyemouth in Berwickshire. My first Scottish excursion in twenty years!

Firstsite Art Gallery Art Bazaar

Highlights from this weekend's
Art Bazaar at Firstsite in Colchester.
Lots of fun, some sales and an opportunity to chat with customers....back again in July!

Sodium silicate on stoneware..antiraku?

Sodium Silicate on stoneware Test pieces May 2018

Raku is often hot, smoky and back breaking work outside in the elements.
So it's nice to break out and do something different once in a while.
These are some sodium silicate textured wheel thrown vases with iron
slip, Nuka ash and strontium glazes.
I'm still developing the forms...they have I think with the textures... something of the spirit and spontaneity of Raku...but without all the hard work!!
Maybe a new range will develop from these pieces?

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.

Web stuff:

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.