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Summer stalls and lanterns

Thank you to everyone who stopped by my stall at The Oxford Art Fair last weekend. It was lovely to meet so many people interested in my work, and also get to know the other artists exhibiting. The event took … Continue reading

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The Art Nest, Hitchin

I’m excited to announce that The Art Nest in Hitchin, Hertfordshire are now stocking a selection of my pottery. The Art Nest Gallery is a fine art gallery situated in the historical market town of Hitchin, Hertfordshire. They are just … Continue reading

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Getting ready for Childwickbury

Not long now until the 2013 Childwickbury Arts Fair in St Albans. The kiln is on and my hands are tired from making pottery, but I’m happy and can’t wait for this exciting event. Would be lovely to see you … Continue reading

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New slipware dishes

These dishes went in the kiln this morning to be biscuit fired. The interior has been coated in a copper green slip with bold, unapologetic black trailing, drawing attention to the movement and flow of their making process. I’m excited … Continue reading

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Toes and pots in the sunshine

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Professional pottery photos!

Last week the talented photographer Charlotte Murphy came to Harrold to take some pictures of my new range of slipware pottery. I thought I’d share we you a couple of the lifestyle photos that were taken in my kitchen. Charlotte … Continue reading

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Getting my jugs out

First sign of summer and I need very little persuasion to get my jugs out… Just drying this next kiln load of jugs before bisque firing at the weekend. There’s a mixture of the green copper slip here and white, … Continue reading

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The Oxford Art Fair

I’m excited to report that I’ve been selected to take part in The Oxford Art Fair next month! The event will take place on Saturday 27th July & Sunday 28th July at the beautiful gardens of Oxford’s finest country pub … Continue reading

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Recent pots fresh from the kiln

In the build up to Childwickbury Art Fair next month, I’m working on producing a collection of functional country pottery. This is inspired by traditional medieval slipware pottery you will have seen in local museums. The colours are warm and … Continue reading

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Making slipware mugs

Each mug is different with a fluid black gesture of slip, afterall, we’re all unique! I gave up on trying to replicate identical pieces, and decided that by drawing attention to the methods and techniques that have been employed to … Continue reading

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May 2013 – pottery in progress

Here are some photos of the pottery I’ve been making this past week. Having finally settled on a combination of slips and glazes that are a great fit to my clay, I’ve been having fun playing around with a few … Continue reading

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Firing on all cylinders!

I have some wonderful news to share. My very generous friend Tim Bartell has loaned me a spare electric kiln. I cannot tell you the difference this has made to my life! My attitude towards experimenting and the quality of … Continue reading

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May news flash!

I’m super busy at the moment, working on completing my AA2A Residency and also building a collection of functional slipware for forthcoming summer events. I’m really pleased with the initial results fresh from the kiln, so am building on these … Continue reading

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First pots to be fired in Bedford

Yesterday afternoon I stopped by the local school who have kindly allowed me fire my work in their kiln. This load includes around 16 slip trailed plates which I’ll be experimenting with amber and honey glazes. I’m stopping by again … Continue reading

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New firing arrangements

Since making the decision to leave Digswell Arts Trust, I’ve been lucky enough to find somewhere much closer to home to fire my work. After getting in touch with a local school, they have very kindly allowed me to use … Continue reading

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Snowy slip trailing

Since last summer, my sketchbook has been filling up with scribbles and drawings of cow parsley. There’s something about their umbles which I find lend themselves really well to surface decoration. Transferring this design by slip trailing, the movement of … Continue reading

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What a whopper!

Check out this big boy I made down in Devon last week! I decided to do Nic Collins’ throwing large course to learn some new techniques for making larger pots. It was also my birthday whilst down there, so I … Continue reading

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Braving the elements today

A 12 inch plate I threw today as soon as the sun came out. I’m confident that Spring is just around the corner, given the bright blue sky today, and my daffodils reaching towards the sun. I’m looking forward to … Continue reading

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More paper resist designs

My work this week is to throw a number of plates and experiment with more paper resist designs. It’s been so bitterly cold out in the shed that I’ve only managed two so far! It’s been much more comforting to … Continue reading

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Where the magic happens

I found this photo of the cottage last Spring. After a bitter day out in the pottery shed, I thought I’d share it here, in hope that the bonny daffodils and sunshine would drive away the sleet and chilly temperatures! … Continue reading

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Plans for 2013

Gosh, is this really my first post of the year? When you consider how cold it has been recently, perhaps you will forgive me for not braving the arctic conditions in my outbuilding! Here’s a photo taken out of my … Continue reading

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High tides expected

With a series of high tides expected over the Christmas period, it’s the perfect opportunity to begin the next stage of a project I’ve been working on. I’m captivated by the ever-changing nature of the sea, especially those strange, reinvented … Continue reading

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Latest lantern

This clay lantern is now ready to be biscuit fired. It was a pain staking process of pricking and prodding using a variety of wooden tools, but I’m really pleased with patterning over the entire form. The illumination is spectacular … Continue reading

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Wood fired bottle with shino glaze

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My clay collection

My bucket collection has grown extensively over the past few years, namely due to the variety of clays I have been picking up from around the UK. These clays range in colour from earthy reds, right through to bluish greys … Continue reading

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