For travel details, take a look at 318 Ceramics
My studio is taking part in Surrey Artists Open Studios which start next weekend, 4th and 5th June 2016. I am now based at The Farnham Pottery, as part of 318 Ceramics. We will be open each weekend 11am to 5pm, please come along and take a look; the building is a Victorian Pottery dating back to the 1800's so well worth a visit.
For travel details, take a look at 318 Ceramics
As part of the refurbishment project at The Point in Eastleigh, I worked in collaboration with Mariska Parent, Print Designer to re-interpret the original masonry over the main entrance to this old Victorian building. At the time, both Mariska and myself were based at The Sorting Office Studios in Eastleigh.
The collaboration experience was good and certainly something I am planning to repeat.
During the summer I was offered the chance to make a short video clip about Raku firing.
For those of you who don't know what it is, it is an outdoor firing method, using lots of fire and flames!
Traditionally Japanese tea bowls were created in this way. Follow the link to take a look at the video.
.My new studio space is at 318 Ceramics, The Farnham Pottery, Wrecclesham, Surrey, and although it is further to travel, the A31 is an easy drive, and I love the countryside I pass through. I've accumulated a lot of 'stuff' over the last few years while working with clay, but most of the essentials are there now.
Yesterday morning was the first session with my new group of students, all keen to learn to work with clay. This being the first of 6 weeks, aimed at beginners was a good session. We made a variety of pots and bowls using the pinching technique. During the session I did a little demonstration of throwing on one of the wheels; we will be doing more of that over the following weeks with those of the group who want to, having a go themselves. Take a look at 318 Ceramic Website for more information on courses.
I've been commissioned to produce some stoneware jars inspired by some Victorian marmalade ones that were excavated by my brother in law Michael Bond. Paul, my husband makes marmalade every January, maintaining a tradition that has been in his family for well over 50 years. As a little tongue in cheek gesture, I made one for him last year to actually pour the hot marmalade into directly. We use our jars regularly and love the connection that we feel with past traditions and family.
I have been working with Hampshire Cultural Trust to develop and design jars that are inspired by the Victorian ones, but with a contemporary twist. They are hand thrown on my potter's wheel, then glazed with a white opaque glossy glaze. Finally they are decorated with ceramic decals that I've designed then re-fired to 800 degrees centigrade to make them dishwasher and microwave safe. My Bird and Hampshire Hog designs feature, alongside Home Made Jam, Marmalade and Chutney. Ideal for home produced food.
Rosie is as thrilled as I am to be taking up a studio space at 318 Ceramics! You can tell by her expression can't you!! Staffy's always have their ears pinned backwards, so it's a rare treat to see her with them relaxed and floppy! Guy says she is welcome to come to the pottery too, so we shall be looking forward to many happy hours either snoozing or potting.....
Saturday 10th October 2015
What an amazing day! It began by being enthralled by Margaret O'Rourke's slide show and video, then went on to a practical demonstration, followed by the long held tradition of sharing food with one another in the form of a 'bring a plate' event. Long trestle tables both inside and outside of this most wonderful historical building, The Farnham Potteries. The place just exudes a feeling of inclusion, welcome and community.
The event was co-hosted by West Street Potters and 318 Ceramics, two organisations I have a very close affinity with. So not only did I have a great day out being inspired by Margaret, I also met up with long standing friends from within the pottery circles. Students and lecturers from the University for the Creative Arts were also present, some of whom I know from my days there. I graduated in 2013; it seems an age away in many ways, yet the familiarity and feeling of community remains.
As part of Eastleigh Film Festival I designed some Spanish Doubloons. I made plaster moulds for the children to press mould air dry clay into and then take away on the day ready for painting at home. We had lots of good feedback and all enjoyed ourselves. The event was held in the Production House, part of The Sorting Office Studios in Eastleigh
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