These pots were fresh out of the wood fired Joe Finch fast fire kiln. It was the first time the kiln had been fired and the so the first time that it had been salted, Mark Griffiths and John Jelfs fired it and were very pleased with the distribution of salt and the overall firing. This kiln just sounds to be brilliant however you fire it, I’m yet to hear anyone say anything bad about it.
This is a view of the fired inside of the same kiln, prior to unpacking.
Tea bowls thrown by Phil Rogers during his “variation on a theme” demonstration. He said that in Britain we tend to make them too big, probably because we like our big mugs of tea. These are not designed to be used in the tea ceremony, they are every day drinking vessels.
Here is Jim Keeling the Whichford
Pottery owner working on his quarter ton plant pot. This is thrown in sections from coils extruded from the pug mill. It took a team of I think 5 to lift the last ring and turn it over into position on the top of the pot. Fabulous to watch and interesting as his technique was really no different to that that I have been using just on a scale a wee bit larger than mine.
Ian Gregory’s little sectional easy build flat pack kiln. You can see the burner going into the chamber through a whole cut into the side panel for just that purpose. There is another section which sits across the top and by varying how much of a gap you leave between the edge of the lid and the side wall you can control the amount of reduction / oxidation. He says that if the fibre is coated with furnace coat then it will stand up to a certain amount of salting too. He did sing the praises and rightly so of the new non-carcinogenic
ceramic fibre which I believe is from the US, it is water soluble so apparently if you did breath it in accidentally it would dissolve
within the blood stream and find it’s own way out.
Some of the fabulous Whichford
plant pots, don’t they just look gorgeous in the sunshine. The place is a brilliant set up and I would highly recommend a visit if you have the chance. They have a big courtyard which is filled with plant pots, many of which are planted up. They have also built a new building called The Octagon which is where the exhibition space is. It looks beautiful too, very well laid out and full of tasty pots including the slipware
that Jim and his wife are also making.
There has been so much chaos going on at the studio I forgot to show you this! I may well be joining in the 21st century at last, a pug mill AND an electric wheel. Good job I’m going to build myself a wood kiln, need to slow it all down a bit. This is as it says on the tin, as quiet as a Whisper. It’s taking a bit of getting used to though and I’m not planning on throwing everything on it. I figured it would just make life easier with the big plates and jugs and hopefully let me practise working on a slightly larger scale. I’m sure you will also notice the beautiful brochure for the Spring Fling sitting there on the side of the wheel. I hope you have all filled in the form on the website to get your copy sent to you for our open studio event at the end of May.
This little chap was up on one of the beams in my bedroom at the B&B. Very Appropriate I thought. There are more photos (not of the B&B though I should have taken one of the little cupboard in the wall that was full of frogs (of the stuffed and china variety you understand) and I will add them later as we go along. If I forget feel free to remind me.