Plenty to inspire at this years Art in Clay event at Hatfield. Lots of people (no idea there were that many pot fanatics out there!!) and a real selection exhibitors, displaying pretty much anything than can be created from clay. As an afternoon out, a real potters delight….
Picked up some postcards from those which struck a chord and from memory looking at the program here is a selection of potters who caught my eye.
Alex Allpress, Alex McCarthy, Dylan Bowen, Rachel Wood, Vibeke K. Stubbe Teglbjærg, John Higgins, Adam Buick, Robin Welch
Rachel Wood, Vessel, Stoneware (Love this!)
Enjoyed an invigorating two days at Gareth Mason‘s throwing workshop last weekend. Having been disenchanted and frustrated with throwing attempts in the past, expert guidance and some ‘potters tips’ on technique, meant my pots had come on leaps and bounds by the end of Sunday. Found out I was centring with the wrong hand for a start….doh!
The idea of throwing pots in components is also interesting. Ever wondered how those round pots with tall fluted necks are thrown…easy in 2 or more parts. Throw the first part….dry with gas flame, add next section…carry on throwing….. All sounds so simple. Now have seen how it is done, will have to get on with putting it into practice.
Not sure how my leg is going to feel about moving vast lumps of clay on the kick wheel….Although I am a big fan of my kick wheel, electric wheels make so much sense.
Gareth demos throwing tall pot
...even taller pot
Boot full of Booty!
I was asked if the bowls are going to have feathers and ducks feet added to make Duck Bum Bowls……unfortunatley for the largest one, no. I broke it trying to turn the base whilst resting on a bucket (another tip)….which I also need to get the hang of. Duck Bummer!
I’ve booked a table at my first craft fair. Better set about producing some wares……only got three weeks, again nothing like leaving it until the last minute, you think I would have learnt by now. Planning to make some more colanders, like the ones I made at Christmas. Loved how these turned out and have been meaning to make some more……now’s my chance…