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.

January 25, 2018

So, this figure is finally ready for glazing. I am very nervous as so much time has gone into making it and especially into decorating it with underglazes. How shall I best glaze it? First off I carefully paint on wax resist to the white band and areas wrapping around...

January 25, 2018

Getting ready for my big assessment tomorrow I've managed to hone my newest version of the Learning Agreement. This is a chance to take stock work I've done so far while planning ahead on how best to spend my time and energy until we finish in October this year.


January 20, 2018

This was the last large figure started in the set of four I decided to make as a group. This time I chose Valentine's Clays PF700G - a mix of white stoneware clay and porcelain and grog. It fires really white in hight temperatures but is a pig to handbuild with. It is...

January 19, 2018

Having consulted with Valentine's Clay what their best white stoneware clay for hand building is I went for their ES40 clay.

As with the previous black and red large figures I started with a drawn outline on paper onto which I would coil one half of the figure.

Once the...

January 19, 2018

(Following on from a previous blog entry:) 

So, this time I projected a the rim of an Iznik plate onto this figure and shellacked the pattern. Translating the colours into a two tone pattern wasn't difficult but I decided to add extra detail by having the white backgrou...

January 16, 2018

(Following on from previous blogs:) 

Making sense of a spidery web of lines across the figure was really, really hard. So, I just picked up the most recognisable elements and painted those on while leaving some other elements for later to fill in.

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