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 15, 2018

This time I'm looking at traditional Oribe ware in view of how I can fuse/incorporate my surface designs with this traditional ceramic tradition from Japan and give it my own personal interpretation.

Historically Oribe ware was first made in Mino area in central Japan i...

April 29, 2018

So far I have looked at patterns found in Acoma Pueblo pottery, Iznik pottery of the Ottoman Empire and Islamic geometrical pattern. I next wanted to look at patterns found in Africa and have decided to concentrate on patterns found in African textiles. I guess that of...

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...

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...

April 10, 2017

As part of our MA course Dave has started teaching us the very basics about glazes. He has asked us each make some test tiles on which are to put one basic material and fire one version in the gas kiln to reduction and the other sample in the electric kiln to oxidation...

April 9, 2017

It is time to be moving on from the Pueblo inspired patterns of South West of America across the continents to Islamic inspired patterns of the Middle East. Well, there is a lot that could be said about this at this point of time in world history but has happened unint...

April 6, 2017

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