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 5, 2018

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 mu...

September 25, 2018

So, after looking at different styles of oribe ceramics I've decided to go for the 'Ao' oribe style which combines white with patches of green glazes and decorations in either black or oxide reds. 

My very first step is to decide on the kind of clay I use. As my intenti...

April 27, 2018

Thinking ahead of what might sell at a pottery fair such as the upcoming Earth & Fire exhibition in June I am trying to develop a more commercially accessible range which would sit comfortably next to my sculptural work. As Dave, our MA tutor, rightfully pointed out pe...

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 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.

When viewing this piece...

November 17, 2017

Looking at my blogs I notice that it's some time since I've written about the actual clay work I've been doing. This is not due to inactivity in the studio but at my desk at home.

So, this is what I've been up to:

Black Clay Marquettes:

I applied wax resist where I wanted...

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...

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