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.

October 6, 2017

Having previously got a superb result from firing Valentine's PF680 black clay in reduction I want to see how a similar approach will turn out if I use Potclay's Vulcan (medium) black clay.

Making my initial pot (left) I used a combination of decorating techniques from...

October 3, 2017

Test 1:

Trying out white uni slip (50% ball clay + 50% china clay) applied onto bisque ware instead of onto leather hard greenware. The pattern is painted on with latex, covered with brushed on white slip and then by pealing off the latex resist with the overlaying slip...

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 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...

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...

April 24, 2017

And again more testing done in pursuit of finding the ideal clay for my figures and how to decorate and glaze.

These decorations were done on plain bisque fired tiles of Valentine Clay's PF520 Ashram Hanna.

 Here are the original drawings from my sketch book I've based t...

April 20, 2017

I have decided to try making one of my creatures in a black clay. This way I will be decorating in reverse from my first two others, i.e. the body is dark with light drips. What a totally different feeling it is to be working with this clay. I'm trying out Valentine's...

March 20, 2017

As I like working with strong graphic contrasts of black and white it only makes sense the try out a black clay not just search for a perfect white clay. So, I've got myself a little sample bag from Valentine Clays. Firstly, black clay is really red when wet and very,...

March 3, 2017

Having tried out the design liners on little black test tiles I've decided to give them a try on four little black pinch pots.

I really quite like the black clay except that it makes such a mess and doesn't work when you work with other clays at the same time.  This cla...

February 23, 2017

This is trying out my new Mayco design liners and a black clay.

Wanting to see how the design liners and underglaze work on black clay and also see what the three new design liner colours look like once fired to stoneware oxidation.

 Testing out how the underglazes will...

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