Welcome to my news page which I keep up-to-date with any significant information about me and my work, such as exhibitions for example. You can find more detailed and regular updates on how I work on social media. You can access them through my website or go directly via my Instagram or Facebook accounts.
This news page started its life in autumn 2016 when I was required to write a blog during my MA degree course in Ceramics at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK. Thus, going back you will find many blogs chronicling my artistic developments along with more personal observations made during those two years. 

Marking up patterns: I'm totally thrown by it

Finally the day has come and I've managed to borrow an overhead projector. I intend to project some of my pattens from my sketch book onto my large pieces in order ease the process of transferring rather complicated patterns onto the body clay. This should be particularly helpful with the geometric Islamic patterns I have been working on. Before starting off I was aware that this would create distortions in the patterns but I thought that this would be a rather nice addition. So, after an initial struggle with the technology we have finally got the computer to communicate to the digital overhead projector and do its thing. Wow, what a result!!! I am totally blown away by the visual impact th

A short city break: London

A break from pottery but not from ideas or other artistic input. This three day trip included visits to four different museums and one concert. I may have squeezed in a bit more in if I had been there on my own. Instead I enjoyed good food and the company of my mother and a friend. So, here is a quick(ish) summary: NPA: Cézanne Portraits First on the list was the National Portrait Gallery and the exhibition of portraits by Cézanne. I have previously seen an exhibition of his work, which concentrated mainly on his still lives and landscape paintings and must admit that he is not one of my favourite artists. But I'm always open to be corrected especially as I wasn't aware of his portraits. Goi

A update on some marquettes

Looking at my blogs I notice that it's some time since I've written about the actual clay work I've been doing. This is not due to inactivity in the studio but at my desk at home. So, this is what I've been up to: Black Clay Marquettes: I applied wax resist where I wanted the black clay to stay unglazed before brushing on a fake celadon glaze. I also wanted to try out firing this in a little stilt to prevent it from sticking to the kiln shelf. Next fired in oxidation to ca 1260°c. Result: Piece stuck to the stilt, which left little crater. Not really that good. Neither is the glazing. I shouldn't brush on this glaze as it either is too thin and has no colour or it is too thick and turns opaq

Developing Honey-like glazes at stoneware temperatures

I am looking at developing glazed surfaces that look a bit like traditional English lead ware but fired to higher stoneware temperatures. The plan is that this will be another nod to old pottery traditions but as an up-to-date adjustment for glazing my large figures. Developing LG glaze: My initial inspiration comes from a firing 'mistake' made by MA student Pam Hunter in the year above me. She accidentally fired her lead glaze piece to 1260°c. The expectation was that due to the unusually high firing temperature the glaze would have run off. But it didn't but had a lovely feel to it. This is what the test cones looked like after bisque firing. They all were decorated loosely with white and

Day trip to Stoke: BCB 2017 and Potteries Museum

Another trip down to Stoke, this time with the new first year MA students and to take in the British Ceramics Biennial exhibition I've heard so much but never been to. As we arrived a little ahead of time we managed to have a look around the gallery in the Visitor's Centre at the Spode factory. The only other time I've been to the Spode factory was shortly after the factory closed and they were selling off their blue and white china. We inherited some and thought it may be nice to supplement it. Well, they are still selling part of it off. I am still not sure whether I like this sort of dinnerware or not. The Spode gallery had a good display of late 19th century handpainted tiles produced by

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