May 13, 2016
Firing the stoneware kiln again today. The rutile chun glaze needs a lot of reduction at the top temperature, just medium reduction up till about 126o, then black smoke for about two hours. A fickle glaze but still one of my favourites. The shop is filling up now for the season, with more stock this year as I worked through most of the winter. Today is warm with hardly any wind, perfect for the firing. Lots of coffee and cake to keep me going.
February 26, 2016
December 14, 2015
Having a great break from the wheel at the moment. It’s time to look back over the year to see what happened. Once the season starts it’s like a rollercoaster, always trying to catch up with yourself, so time now for reflection and planning. The next three months are the best, no great pressure apart from production and courses. Time for developing new ideas and glazes.
The pottery year for us has a definite rhythm with each month having it’s different demands, I do like it that way. We have more courses in January and February than ever before and keeping up with production alongside these is going to be a challenge. If they do another series of that pottery show I may have to get staff ! but I don’t think Alice would let me, she’d just put my alarm on earlier.
December 4, 2015
We’ve been busy getting work fired for our Christmas Open Studio weekend. The weather is wild and it’s been a bit of a challenge firing the stoneware kiln. Pleased with the mugs but the glaze on the large jugs came out a bit thin. I was in a rush as usual and instead of mixing up more glaze I just poured what was left. How many firings have I done? That glaze does not like to be poured.
December 2, 2015
November 19, 2015
Little Raku kiln busy today getting work ready for the string of craft fairs coming up.
November 12, 2015
Loads of pots to get through the kilns for our craft fairs. It’s one of the busiest times of year for us and the wet weather doesn’t help in drying the stuff out.
Looking forward to a break at Christmas 🙂
August 9, 2015
Just closed the shop after three days of open studios around the village. The best yet, great feedback off the customers and the extra advertising really paid off. We managed to start with a full shop which is a bit of a challenge this time of year. Looking forward to a day off.
August 6, 2015
This glaze is just starting to work for me, it needs touching on 1300 degrees with at least a two hour soak, reducing all the time. I have to be careful of the porcelain in the same firing or it will sag quite badly. I put it in the cooler parts of the kiln and up till now have not had too many failures.
August 2, 2015