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.

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...

August 1, 2017

So, now I'm on the search for a decent fake celadon glaze which will give the same look but won't require firing in a gas kiln.

Initially I decided to adjust my recipe for a clear gloss s/w glaze by adding 1%, 2% and 3% copper oxide. I am rather pleased with the 1% addi...

December 8, 2016

My quirky food vessel is finally ready for its bisque firing. It has been a struggle coming to terms with the new clay I'm trying out. However, the finishing stages were great. I have used shellac resist to introduce some subtle textures. The brown colour will burn off...

November 17, 2016

Our final visit of the day was to see our tutor Wendy’s solo exhibition in the Oriel Gallery in the theatre of Mold, Wales. I was very impressive to see so many pottery pieces made by one single person. This exhibition is very well curated and it is a pleasure to look...

October 20, 2016

Responding to my initial man-made piece I wanted my natural piece also to have wings and a trunk. I also thought to add some extra handbuilding techniques. So, this one was made including slabs, pinching and coiling.

I approached this half of the project very similar th...

October 17, 2016

To get us warmed up for this MA we are set a few introductory project. The first one, leading on from trying out making different textures in clay, is to use these to make two contrasting pieces: one referencing man-made qualities and the other natural.

I started off wo...

October 3, 2016

David, our course leader started us off with a basic introduction into clay wedging. I did not realise that different wedging techniques affected the arrangements of the platelets within the clay body in different ways. Thus, stack-and slam wire wedging is more suitabl...

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