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. 

Winner of the ArtLab Fellowship in Ceramics 2018

I was totally overwhelmed to find out that at the end of my Masters Degree in Ceramics at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) I was awarded an ArtLab Fellowship. This will give me continued access to the studio facilities at UCLan well into next year. What a brilliant way to end two years of university studies! I can continue going to uni every morning.

MA Degree Show at UCLan

Two years of doing a part-time Masters degree in Ceramics at UCLan is coming to an end. It has been fabulous. I've learnt so much and loved every minute. Seeing the culmination of all our work on display for the degree show is a bitter sweet experience. Pride over our achievements mix with sadness that this has come to an end now will, hopefully, soon give way to the excitement of anticipation of what comes next. What will it be? All I know for sure is that for me it will be a continuation of ceramics.

Continuing on my search for s/w Honey glaze: part 3

So, continuing my search for a lead glaze that I could fire at higher temperature I reduced the lead content but also ran a test on different temperatures from 1220°c to 1260°c. But the results on my test tiles were not really reliable nor conclusive except that too much red iron oxide produced dull tenmoku like results. Thus I mixed a batch with 4% red iron oxide and tested this batch on four different clays: two different red stoneware bodies, a buff stoneware clay and a mix of different reclaimed stoneware clays. I fired these to about 1260°c in oxidation: The results were just too unreliable and too far removed from the lovely quality of traditional English lead glazed ceramics. Enough

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