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.

June 19, 2018

So, my first attempt at using terra sig on my first decorated platter left me with two issues: the terra sig was shelling off around the edges of the rim and the colours were very harsh and graphic - not what I was looking for.

So, I borrowed Dave's diamond and polishin...

May 14, 2018

Having had a tutorial with Dave we have been thinking of other surface decorating techniques I could explore and add to my repertoire and using terra sigillata came up. I've only tried it once two years ago when on my first visit to the fabulous International Ceramics...

December 14, 2017

It seems that this is turning into an annual festive tradition on the MA course: a Raku firing session marking the end of the semester before the Xmas break.

This time I managed to plan ahead and decided whether I may be able to use this not just for the fun of pyrotech...

November 24, 2017

Finally the day has come and I've managed to borrow an overhead projector. I intend to project some of my pattens from my sketch book onto my large pieces in order ease the process of transferring rather complicated patterns onto the body clay. This should be particula...

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...

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...