Welcome to my MA blog, which I set up to accompany me during my two years studying for a masters degree in Ceramics at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK. This will chronicle my artistic developments along with more personal observations made during this time.

July 28, 2017

This is actually more like a postscript to the previous post. One part of this event that I haven't covered is their competition, which all exhibiting potters are asked to join in. Some make work specifically to the brief and some just present existing work and try to...

July 28, 2017

After years wanting to go to this pottery event but never being at home at the beginning of the summer holidays I've finally made it! Long overdue especially considering that it takes place not that far away from home. Pam was our trusted chauffeur (yet again) and co-s...

July 24, 2017

My initial inspiration is taken from the black pots produced by Maria Martinez. She lived and worked in San Ildefonso, New Mexico, and is probably the best-known Pueblo potter.

Along with her husband, Julian, she developed and refined a way of turning red burnishe...

July 13, 2017

As part of my research into the decorations for my next set of larger figures I've started to mix and test different celadon glazes.

A celadon glaze is a traditional greenish stoneware glaze produced in China, Korea, Thailand and Japan. The earliest celadon pottery...

July 9, 2017

This is just a snapshot of some of the other things that caught my interest during my stay over the weekend:

Who could not have been impressed by Annabel Diaz?

Just the scale of her large self-portrait figures were not rivalled by anything else at this festival. I was es...

July 8, 2017

This was my first time attending the ICF which is a biannual event held in the university grounds in Aberystwyth. It caters from Friday until late Sunday everything pottery related from workshops, symposiums, sales, exhibitions, talks, demonstrations, kiln firings, awa...

July 4, 2017

Today's tutorial started off with Dave giving me some feedback on the recent two assessments: a) Design Research 2 - a written piece of work and b) Design Practice - based on my practical work and accompanying documentation.

a) Design Research 2: 

I did ok...

July 3, 2017

On the way to Aberystwyth some of us had the great opportunity to stop by Meri Wells, who lives and works not far from the lovely town of Machynlleth.

The house is nestled in a valley surrounded by fields with sheep. But before you get to her house you have to go throug...

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