I hand throw in smooth Valentine porcelain stoneware, making small bowls & vases. While still on the wheel batt some are turned & burnished with damp leather to give the smooth surface; others – when dry enough – are sanded, creating the rough or smooth surface for glazing.
My main output is concentrated on small-scale hand held pieces, when dry I bisque fire to 1000°c. I then glaze them with two basic glazes. Some of my pieces have different coloured glass added to the centre; this often creates a chemical reaction between the glass and the glazes. All pots are then stoneware fired to between 1220°c and 1280°c.
Dot and I share workshop studio space in the converted washhouse in our cottage garden. I am an independent part-time potter. To me personally throwing is about how I feel; it is a very personal responsive tactile meditational experience. When I sit down with a ball of clay I let the clay intuitively take me on a journey.
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