olyMember Since 21 Dec 2013
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I Have been working as a freelance graphic designer for many years, mostly for London clients.
When I was about 9 years old I threw a pot at the local pottery studio with the help of Tessa Oates the tutor. 40 years later (having not touched clay in the meantime) I embarked on an evening class there (Tessa Oates is still there!).
I have now been enjoying throwing pots since September 2012, bought and installed my Whisper-T wheel (fits perfectly into my narrow utility room) in January 2013 and installed a 70-litre top-loading electric kiln in December 2013.
I am finding this stage rather daunting. Throwing was (relatively) easy, but the variables in glazing are mind-blowing. I am trying to calm down and work out what to do next. Semi-crystal glazes are already showing up my severe lack of knowledge, but I feel I have taken another big step in the learning process.
Having a wheel and now a kiln (and using them) makes me a (sort of) potter which is rather exciting.
August 2014 I have finally sorted my blue-grey glaze – things are looking up!
October 2014 I have been experimenting more using coloured slips alongside my glazes and am at least starting to produce functional ware I like the look of, now all I need to do is sort out those spouts!
Glaze-wise I now have mixed a reliable blue-grey, a French blue, a copper-browny/green, a white and a satin-clear one. I also have some of the Semi-crystal green glaze but not using that at the moment. I am interested in making up a sort of yellow-ochre colour next.
November 2016 my glazes have expanded a little to include a titanium cream/white which seems to be reliable and is giving good effects when I get the thickness and firing just right.
Also moved into earthenware and terracotta clays, using slips and engobes to illustrate with a bit of sgraffito thrown in. Also made some small vessels in porcelain, again, decorated.
Probably too much going on now, so need to start to specialise in one or two of these techniques/methods.
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Walking and cycling around Kent, making things, training my Labrador, Real Ale and pork scratchings appreciator, photographing trees, extending our house, cooking chilli, eating fish 'n' chips.