What is hand building?

What is hand building?

As we start a new year and a new term I’m concentrating on getting my new courses up and running, especially my beginners courses and with this, I’m reminded of a question I get asked regularly when people are just starting out.  “What is hand...

Approaching a new make

When people first begin learning to make in clay, one of the questions I get asked quite often is “how do I go about approaching a new make?” This is a great question!  It’s especially great for ceramics because often we are taught how to make in...

Choosing a kiln

What to consider when choosing a kiln This is something I get asked quite a lot, especially for people who are looking to set up their home studio.  There are several things you need to think about, some technical and all about the kiln and some all about your...

The right way to make in clay

What is the right way to make in clay? Or the wrong way? Well, in this week’s blog I give a very simple answer to this seemingly complicated question. Recently I was asked whether a fellow YouTuber could use a clip from one of my videos for his reply to the...

Process vs Outcome

I had a reminder last week of the struggle between process vs outcome. I was talking with my daughter the other day and she said “I’m not good at art.” Now anyone who knows me will know that with that simple statement she hit on one of my big...

Firing a kiln

Firing a kiln is a skill that most don’t get a chance to learn during ceramics and pottery classes as more often than not, the firing is done for you between classes. When you finish your pieces, you just pop them on a shelf, then a few weeks later they reappear...