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...
Your creative voice!

Your creative voice!

Finding your creative voice As a ceramics teacher the most obvious thing I teach are the techniques and technical aspects you need to know to make something with clay and have it survive the firing process successfully most of the time but I also firmly believe that...

Ceramics supplies (UK)

Ceramics supplies (UK) These past couple of weeks I’ve been talking all about ceramics supplies (UK) and sharing what I use at the studio. I’m a hand builder and sculptor so my supplies are a little different to someone who throws but only in the sense...

Glazing magic!

Glazing Magic! While as a ceramic sculptor I’m all about the building and form, I have to admit that often the magic happens with the glazing. Opening a kiln after a glaze firing and seeing that your initially plain shape has taken on the colours, textures and...

The perfect imperfect

Making with clay and the perfect imperfect. There is no real beauty without some slight imperfection. James Salter In my social media this last week or so I’ve been looking at repairing ceramics and the Japanese concept of kintsugi/kintsukuroi where a broken...