I am a retired teacher and first threw a pot over 40 years ago. Throughout my teaching career in middle and primary schools I taught art and enjoyed introducing my students to pottery (lots of thumb and slab pots). After attending an evening class in 2015 and getting frustrated about the limited time I could spend on the wheel I was fortunate to join ClayWirks in April 2016 and found the ideal place to develop my passion for clay.
I love experimenting with different forms and glaze finishes. I use a variety of stoneware clays making both functional and decorative pieces ranging from mugs, bowls, jugs and yarn bowls to a commissioned dinner service.
My sketch book has pages of ideas to develop in the future including throwing bigger bowls…making the perfect set of nesting dishes and eventually making a set of pasta bowls for my sister in law with glazes that totally reflect the colours of the Hebridean landscapes that we both love.
Glazing -ah there’s another area to develop. It is unpredictable to say the least. Sometimes the kiln gods smile. It is interesting and slightly frustrating to discover that the same glaze may end up two different colours on the inside and outside of the pot. The same glaze, solar orange, is used in all of the bowls in the three pictures above!
Lots more experiments to do.
I hope to be able to sell my work this year at the Artisan Markets at Cromford Mill and at the Bakewell Craft and Gift Fair.
You can see my most recent work on Crag View Ceramics on Facebook.