This workshop is for students of ceramics and pottery who want to create simple forms that can be duplicated easily and quickly, ideal for making pieces like garden accents, glaze test pieces and beads, to name just a few. During this workshop we will discuss and choose appropriate shapes that will successfully create drop out and press moulds.
There will also be some ready made moulds to use on the day, giving an opportunity to try the various shapes and methods including press moulding and slip casting. At the end of the day you will have at least one mould that you will have made to take away for future use, plus any pieces you may have press moulded or slip cast.
I am running two workshops during March, one on Thursday 16th at Pear Tree Cottage, Lasham, Hampshire, and the other on Saturday 18th March , also now at Pear Tree Cottage.
The course fee is £60 to include all materials and tools. To BOOK, send me an email with the subject line Mould Making, with your choice of date. I will then invoice you with my bank details for payment. Once your payment is received, your place will be booked.
Both workshops run from 10am to 2pm but may run on a little longer if needed.
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My most recent body of work are my Moon Bowls. Inspired by the night sky and the rising moon, these bowls are both delicate and stylish, with simple yet bold glazing. Ideal for a contemporary home.
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I have been with 318 Ceramics based in The Farnham Pottery for almost a year now, and together with the other Artists, we are having our first group exhibition. We look forward to seeing many of our friends and contacts over the weekend, so do please come along. Our venue is a stunning heritage building, so the atmosphere is great too. Food and drink will be available to purchase over the weekend, courtesy of Guy and Elaine Haines.
If you want to come to the Private View, then please email me by Thursday 24th November. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.