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About Chilly

  • Birthday March 24

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    : Langdon Hills, Essex, UK
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    Pottery, gardening, cycling, scouting, outdoors, spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing.

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About Me

I'm a retired ex IT Trainer and exBikeability Instructor.

One day a week is spent at the local Scout campsite - planting trees, cutting the grass, pruning, picking wild damsons, apples and sloes, writing letters and funding applications begging for money.  I teach cycling to children and adults, and spend as much time out-doors as I can. 

I have two greenhouses, the larger is half pottery half plants, but the pottery is taking over and trying to grab more space.  I "pot" at a day centre for the over 50s one morning a week, and spend odd moments or whole days finishing, fine-tuning, glazing, just pottering at home.  I have a small electric kiln, which I only run if I can't get my stuff fired at the centre.  I use commercial clays and glazes, and although I inherited a load of raw materials, I gave up on them, and have passed them to a potter half my age, in the hope they will be used.

I've made a number of slip-casting moulds;  for mugs - a drop-mould without a handle, and a three-part mould for a complete mug with handle and foot-ring; an owl, a tall, skinny santa and a square vase.

I've given up on the wheel, I I did manage to center and cone, but nothing more.  

I've had 200 kiln bricks donated, and there are more if I want them, but am going to pass them on to Anglian Potters or a younger potter!

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