The start of all sorts
This is the lane leading down to Peter and Jill Dick’s workshop in Yorkshire, as we arrived we saw Jimmy Saville leaving the village tea room, now then, now then. Another pottery in another beautiful location, I do know potters that work in places that are not so rural and scenic but I seem not to visit them as often as I visit this sort. That’s very unfair of me really.
I was a little bit sad not to be able to see more of the wood fired slipware
that the pottery is famous for but it was interesting to see the way that Peter and Jill are adapting their production these days.
I loved these wee mad birdies as handles on these jars, I really must do some more modelled mad birds.
I was surprised to learn that Jill doesn’t enjoy the decorating as much as Peter does meaning that most of the decorated pieces in the showroom are Peter’s. The years of practise make for some lovely smooth flowy
shapes within the decoration.
Today I decorated this loving cup along with
lots more plates but here is the process for this one.
1. Leather hard
loving cup, firm leather hard
at that, those handles are asking for trouble at the best of times so if they were a little
too damp it’d all get very messy.
2. Dip in white slip and shake off the excess.
3. I missed a picture, meant to take one with just the banding and lettering and before I had started to do the pearling.
4. Close up of the decoration, the couple ordering this piece had requested thistle heads, bees and holly leaves. My decoration as always is not supposed to be an exact copy but more a representation and feel of the subject.
Paul’s mum lives in Sheffield and a regular pass time
when we stay with her is walking in the woods near her house, of course autumn for me is by far the best time to visit them, you would not believe how huge my conker / sweet chestnut / acorn collection is this year, it’s a belter
In her garden Paul’s mum has a very hard working apple tree. We came home with a couple of carrier bags full of apples and our kitchen has turned into an apple production factory. So far, three apple pies (one with blackberries, one with currants and one just apple), an apple cake and an apple crumble. All that and we’ve barely made a dint on the apple stash. Any apple recipes, preferably freezable ones gratefully received