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ClayCraft #44

ClayCraft magazine is a must-have for ceramic enthusiasts, packed with fun and inspirational pottery projects for all levels. A monthly subscription of ClayCraft magazine offers an exciting mix of information and inspiration on the world of ceramics, with practical step-by-step projects, essential clay choice and design tips, as well as interviews with individual pottery makers. Whether you are a beginner to the world of pottery, a student or a professional, ClayCraft magazine is an essential read for makers at any level. Inside every issue, you’ll find advice for pottery novices who are brand new to the world of ceramics, tips for intermediate makers looking to improve their skills and challenging projects for the professional clay makers out there. If you’re looking for a ceramics magazine that combines inspiration and information on the popular world of clay making, then ClayCraft magazine is the perfect read for you.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kelsey Publishing Group
Frequency:
Monthly
₹427.23
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
welcome

Meet the team… Simon Shaw P8 Thrown tray & vase Jacqui Atkin P42 Kitsch wall art Linda Bloomfield P30 Chun glazes Doug Fitch P72 Doug’s Diary Well, there we have it. We’ve used the C-word, and it’s still (just) September as I write this. I’m not sure what Christmas will be like this year; currently, gatherings are restricted to six people, which would rather scupper things if these restrictions are still in place in December. Nevertheless, I’m sure that family celebrations will still go ahead, albeit in a possibly smaller way than normal. We’ve started our larger festive projects now, to allow time for the whole process for each to be finished in good time. Add to that the concept of ‘potters’ time’, which seems to run in slow motion compared to the rest of…

3 min
in the news

HANDMADE CHELSEA - THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT AND DESIGN FAIR After an unusual start to the year, Handmade in Britain is pleased to be returning to Chelsea Old Town Hall from Thursday 12 - Sunday 15 November for the 14th edition of its flagship contemporary craft and design fair, Handmade Chelsea. The support and exposure offered to the 100 makers taking part are more crucial than ever before, as is the opportunity for face-to-face contact with established network of collectors, shoppers, press and trade buyers. In response to UK government guidelines, health and safety precautions will be in place to ensure that visitors and exhibitors can enjoy this year's fair feeling safe. Handmade Chelsea will bring together the very best of contemporary craft under one roof, with a few adjustments, such as morning and…

5 min
thrown vase and tray

VASE You will need: ◼ Clay of choice – earthenware or stoneware, red or white ◼ Tools for throwing – batt, water bowl, rib, sponge, cutting wire ◼ Glaze of choice, to suit clay type, for decoration 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. Before you begin: ◼ Prepare 1.4kg (3lb) of clay by kneading it well to remove any possible trapped air. ◼ You can work directly on the wheel head if confident of lifting the vase off when finished, otherwise fix a batt to the wheel head – for details visit claycraft.co.uk/how-to DIFFICULTY RATING Form your clay mass into…

4 min
tray

You will need: ◼ 2.25kg (5lb) of well-prepared clay – preferably the same clay as used to make the vase. Unlike the vase, the tray must be thrown on a batt, so fix one to the wheel head – for details visit claycraft.co.uk/how-to Make sure the batt is clean and dust-free then dampen the surface, but again, do not flood it with water. DIFFICULTY RATING Form the clay into a cone shape and position it as close as possible to the centre of the batt. Dribble a little water on it then pat it down to secure it in place. Centre the clay as you did for the vase and begin by dribbling a little water over the surface, then cone the clay up between both hands to get it to the correct consistency. Continue by pushing…

1 min
decorating

Decorating the surface of the vase and tray should be dictated by personal preference. However, the simplicity of the forms suggests a straightforward glaze application is enough to finish them off to a sophisticated standard. Here we are using some lining tape to form extra detail – you can buy this very thin tape in many craft outlets or use the type used in the motor industry – readily available online. DIFFICULTY RATING Make sure your bisque-fired vase and tray are dust-free, ready to glaze. The image shows the type of tape used here – it has a waxy coating and is 3mm wide. You can get tape even thinner than this if you prefer. Apply the tape to the surface of both the vase and tray as required. Make sure the tape sticks well to…

10 min
meet the potter

Back in March, as the government announced the UK lockdown, many people were left with uncertainty and anxiety never experienced before. For artists and creative people, the lockdown period would present a further opportunity to express themselves through their work. The wider general public would also turn to art and crafts, many of whom were inspired by Grayson Perry’s Art Club show on Channel 4. Cassie shared her story: “I’ve always wanted to start my own ceramic studio where I could get back to creating my own work. “Back in 2017, my husband and I planned a small extension to our family home, and we decided to also build a ceramics studio at the end of the garden – something I had always dreamed of having. “We asked an architect Mike Tuck to…