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Clay tablets

I have been having so much fun trying to capture the view from my studio on clay tablets. Deciding what is important to include in my seascapes and what isn’t. I want to bare everything down to the bare minimum, … Continue reading

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New Ceramic Plaque

It took me quite a while to glaze my ceramic plaque, ‘Above a field of sunflowers in Ukraine’  I just couldn’t make up my mind how to go about it.  Should I use stains, under glazes or just oxides? And how … Continue reading

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Female Ceramic Torsos

Ceramic torso with a cold bronze finish, 20” x 16” (50cm x 40 cm) Ceramic torso with a turquoise glaze which I later smoke fired along with some added copper and manganese oxides, 20” x 14” (51 cm x 37 … Continue reading

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The ceramic totem pole – Maggot the Badger

A very fat and grubby little badger turned up in my garden a while back. I call her Maggot. She is quite scatty and distracted; she’ll quite happily bumble along doing her badger thing in my company for a while … Continue reading

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January 29th smoke firing workshop

We lucked out during today’s smoke firing workshop because the moment we had lit the barrel, the rain came pouring down. The technique we used is quite simple; bisque fired work is painted with copper, iron and manganese oxide and … Continue reading

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Plate making workshops – some final results

We have been making ceramic plates for several weeks now in Dudley Road Studios, and here are some of the results. Jill made this plate for a friend who lives on a narrow boat in Oxford. I like the ferns … Continue reading

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Plate making workshops

I am planning a new series of workshops  in my studio in Dudley Road, Hastings.  The plan is to make a series of plates using paper plates in different sizes as slump molds.  Plates are great canvases for surface decoration … Continue reading

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Smoke firing workshop in Hastings – the results!

Opening the smoke bins are always exciting; what have we here? Andrew needs to use his handkerchief as the Rhino head is still hot more than 24 hours after we started the fire! The colours were achieved by using manganese … Continue reading

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Ceramic Fat Birds

My ceramic Fat Birds are hand coiled and daubed with metal oxides before they are placed in a galvanised dustbin and set alight. The process of smoke firing is unpredictable and can throw up many variations; you may think that … Continue reading

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Ceramic torsos; Zechariah’s Angel

 Zechariah was quite an old man when one day an angel appeared before him announcing that his wife – who was also  pretty ancient – was going to give birth to a son.  This is all in the new testament, and the … Continue reading

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