Most people who attend my beginner courses tell me they haven't touched clay since they were at school. At the end of a three-hour workshop, all those great clayey memories have returned and I receive such lovely feedback: "I feel so relaxed", "This was so much fun", "I can't wait for next week". Life is … Continue reading Love to squish clay with your fingers??!
(Photo from the day that Fran brought in crostata all the way from her mum's kitchen in Italy!) Every now and then, I stop, look around the studio and take in all that surrounds me. I see shelves laden with all the work of my students, the kiln (a champion workhorse!), the pottery wheels, the … Continue reading Our pottery community 🙂
I have been practising my throwing all weekend and now my arms ache! Ha!I'm trying to teach myself to throw bigger work, but in order to do that I'm having to learn how to spiral wedge. This method of kneading the clay to get the air out allows you to wedge much bigger lumps of … Continue reading Throwing Practice… Practice Practice Practice!
Congratulations to Keri, one of the lovely people who comes along to my tuesday evening clay workshops, on producing her first bottle shape! Having now learned the art of collaring she is unstoppable! This great piece came off the wheel without a hitch and I can't wait to see how she will glaze it. Just like Keri here, you … Continue reading A Bottle by Keri…
I am falling in love with clay again. Technically, I didn't ever fall out of love with it, but I have a renewed enthusiasm for working with the material directly; actually forming it with my hands. As a result, I have popped the casting slip to one side for a while and I'm working with plastic … Continue reading Coiling clay keeps Kayley content!