ClayCraft #46

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The first snow of the year has just fallen as I write this, and Christmas is drawing close. It’s a been an unforgettable year, and not for very many good reasons. We have been challenged in ways we could never have imagined, and for some businesses it proved unsurmountable. I salute all of you who have managed to adapt, think quickly on your feet and change the way you operate. My heart goes out to everyone who did all of those things and yet still couldn’t win. I hope and wish that next year is better for all of you. This month, we welcome Jeni Jacques, owner of Lemon Studio, as she begins a regular column sharing her experiences of running a studio and offering very useful business advice and tips…

2 min
winner's kiln installed

Stef Baxter, the winner of our Northern Kilns competition, has now had his Little Chief installed. Delighted with his win, Stef told us more about himself. I first began doing pottery in 1986 at Cardonald College, Glasgow, at HND level. It was a fantastic course with superb and inspirational teachers. The course didn't just teach us; it trained us in great detail about pottery and ceramics. The course lead on to an HNC where we grew to understand how and why kilns worked, clay, glaze, form, and aesthetics too. "I volunteered in a nearby pottery workshop for a few years and began teaching night classes at the college while working 'normal' jobs during the day. Pottery continued to be a constant with me for a few short years until I was o. ered…

1 min
the tale of two potters

This excellent video spends two hours in the company of Philip and Frannie Leach as they talk about their lives and their work while demonstrating their very different techniques and methods. Be prepared to start taking copious notes as they generously share their knowledge, peppered with Leach family stories, travel anecdotes and practical tips. The film-makers' informal approach makes it feel as if you've just dropped in for a cup of tea and a chat, and the time flies by. Watch as Frannie makes and decorates pressed dishes, recounting her training with Philip's father Michael, her life in the Bahamas and how she met Philip. Third-generation potter Philip describes his travels around the world while he throws tea bowls of the hump and then applies slip-trailed decoration. The number of golden…

6 min
roll vase

DIFFICULTY RATING You will need: ▪ 1.4kg (3lb) clay – stoneware or earthenware ▪ Tools for throwing – water bowl, sponge, ribs, cutting wire To decorate: ▪ Craft knife or scissors ▪ Glaze to suit clay type A reminder when throwing – to save wordy repetition! Always compress the clay at the rim after each lift – pinch the rim gently between your fingers and thumb, at the same time resting the forefinger of your other hand on the rim and applying gentle pressure Prepare the clay by kneading it well to remove any possible trapped air. You can work directly on the wheel head if you feel confident about lifting the vase off when finished, otherwise fix a batt to the wheel head – for details visit: Form the clay mass into a rough cone shape. Dampen, but don’t…

6 min
what do a bicycle inner tube with the case of a biro pen, and a milk bottle with a quill attached have in common?

Doug Fitch and I make slipware pottery. My ‘thing’ is decoration. Of all the various ways of decorating that slip offers, it is the trailing of it that fascinates me. Doug trails less often, and his methods and tools are somewhat different from mine. He often describes our contrasting styles by saying that the type of slip trailing that he and I do is akin to our handwriting. My writing is tidy and accurate and his, in his own words, is illegible and consequently abstract in nature! In the early days of my pottery making, before starting my apprenticeship, I barely ever decorated pots. I didn’t enjoy drawing and assumed it was something that I couldn’t do. I moved to Dumfries and Galloway in 2001 to work for Jason Shackleton. Jason had…

6 min
home décor project

DIFFICULTY RATING You will need: • A groggy stoneware clay, like craft crank. 1.6 - 1.8kg (3.5 - 4lb) ▪ Several short lengths of dowelling in 5mm and 10mm diameters ▪ Rolling pin, plastic sheet, 10mm and 5mm thick roller guides ▪ Ribs and wooden tools for blending ▪ Whirler ▪ Cookie cutters in two sizes ▪ Tile cutter (optional) ▪ Card template of given shape ▪ Glaze of choice to decorate Weigh out 0.5kg (1lb) of clay and form it into a rough cone shape. Open out the centre of the cone by pushing your index finger down through the centre until you meet some resistance at the tip. Pinch the shape upward from the base to maintain the cone shape, turning the form in your hand continually to create an evenly thick wall. From a second 0.5kg (1lb) of clay, pinch a…