ClayCraft #43

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When Debbie Page got in touch with us about what she has been doing during lockdown, I felt it was very timely and would provide our readers with valuable information about one particular aspect of being a potter. Over the past 10 years or so, the importance of having a digital presence has been steadily growing, and the knock-on effects of lockdown highlighted just how vital it is to be able to pivot. I’m not keen on the word ‘pivot’; it’s become a bit of a business-speak cliché lately, but having the ability to change direction and move forward is just what’s been needed. When the arts trails and shows stopped, and workshops had to close, Debbie threw herself into learning more about how to improve her business skills and…

what’s (been) cooking?

Scientists have spent the past year cooking the same ingredients in identical pots every week in a bid to discover the eating habits of ancient civilizations. Combinations of maize, wheat and venison were cooked in unglazed ceramic dishes to study the extent to which food residues were left on, or penetrated, the pottery. To replicate the ancient cooking conditions, the team also occasionally burned the food, to allow samples of charred food, similar to those sometimes found on ancient artefacts, to be analyzed. Scientific advances mean that researchers are increasingly able to identify specific foodstuffs from ancient pottery or eating vessels uncovered across the world–including meat, leafy vegetables, cereals and even beeswax. The joint research, conducted by scientists in Bristol, California and Hawaii, aimed to help future studies by examining whether the residues found…

anglian potters autumn online selling exhibition

As the lockdown restrictions continue, members of Anglian Potters have been slaving over a hot kiln creating a remarkable collection of ceramic art. It’s all available to buy online from 11 September at a new, specially built, exhibition website, where the work of over 40 potters can be seen – more than 250 pieces in total. There is a vast variety in the artworks for sale. There are bowls and sculptures, wall plaques and vases in a wide variety of colours and textures. Perfect for presents or to enhance any home or garden. Hugs Challenge! Members were also challenged to make new work on the theme of ‘Hugs’, which we have all been missing over the past few months! All of the proceeds from selling these pieces will go to the Nelson’s Journey charity…

thrown toothbrush holder

Simon runs group and individual sessions in throwing and handbuilding techniques from his South Liverpool workshop. IG: @simonshawclay E: T: 07505 237 593 You will need: 680g (1 ½lb) clay – earthenware or stoneware, colour of choice Throwing tools – water bowl, batt, sponge, rib, cutting wire Glaze to suit clay type DIFFICULTY RATING Before you begin: This project is best thrown on a batt. To find instruction on how to throw a pad to affix a batt, visit Fix a batt onto the prepared pad on the wheel head, making sure it’s properly centred. Prepare the clay by kneading to remove any possible trapped air, then form it into a cone shape. Dampen but don’t flood the surface of the batt, ready to begin. Position the clay at the centre of the batt and pat it down gently…

thrown soap dish

You will need: Clay – earthenware or stoneware, approximately 340g (12oz) Tools for throwing: batt, water bowl, sponge, rib, cutting wire Glaze of choice to suit clay type Before you begin: Again, this project is best thrown on a batt. To find instructions on how to throw a pad to affix a batt, visit Fix your batt onto the prepared pad on the wheel head, making sure it’s properly centred. DIFFICULTY RATING Dampen but don’t flood the surface of the batt, ready to begin. Prepare the clay by kneading to remove any possible trapped air, then form it into a cone shape and place it at the centre of the batt. Pat the cone down gently to ensure it stays in place. Centre the clay. Cone the clay up between both hands with thumbs touching at…

troubleshooting glazes

Reader Jacqui asks: “Until March and the dreaded lockdown, I was attending Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) to learn about ceramics and experimenting with the various clays, glazes etc they had. Before the lockdown, I had decided I would like to buy my own kiln and wheel, but I was intending on continuing to attend MAC, as I still had an awful lot to learn. However, having jumped in at the deep end and now with no lifeguard, I have had to rely on Youtube, Google and friends for the answers. I find that the more I seek answers, the more questions I have! Sometimes the answers from the internet conflict too. I have simply got bogged down with information overload, and I can no longer see the wood for the trees. “At…