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.

September 29, 2017

It is time to get back to some serious figure building. It's something I've put off to after the summer break. During one of my tutorials before summer it was suggested to me to make more elongated versions of the large figures I did before. Hm, I've been mulling this...

September 27, 2017

I thought I had found the perfect transparent high gloss glaze that could double as a fake celadon by just adding Copper Oxide. However, when passing on the recipe to one of my fellow students, she pointed out to me that it contained Barium Carbonate, a substance which...

September 16, 2017

It is about time to catch up and fill in the blanks of the work I've been doing over the summer months in order to preserve a continued narrative for my contextual diary required for my MA.

In about May/June my tutors suggested that it may worth my while to have a look...

September 14, 2017

My next larger project is to make three larger figures each using a different clay. I am basing my new experiments on the results I got for my first set of three larger figures finished earlier this year (from left to right):

  1. A white stoneware clay: AWS/1G from Spen...

September 9, 2017

Okay, before this summer becomes just a distant memory I'll note down some of my semi-relevant experiences and impressions.

After a busy first year on the Ceramics MA at UCLan I decided to have a bit of a break from pottery and give my family a chance to reacquaint them...

September 7, 2017

Parallel to working on my larger sculptural pieces I need to trial different clays with slips, glazes and different decorating techniques. I am doing my tests through a combination of test tiles and cones and little pinch pots. The tiles and cones are a way to get fast...

September 6, 2017

Having left the Islamic Art section I headed upstairs into the East Asian Art department. What I noticed, if I compare it to other museums I've visited, is how empty the exhibition spaces are. Not only were there very, very visitors but the artwork on display is spaced...

September 5, 2017

I wasn't really aware that the MK&G had a complete Islamic art section but remembered that they had lots of ceramics on show. As a matter of fact, this is where I attended my very first pottery class at the age of about eleven or twelve. I did a pinch pot, a dove inspi...