Round Robin

I was a tad busy this Autumn/Winter. If I try to put it all down I realise it looks a bit like a Christmas round robin letter - a lengthy listing of what I've been up to, regardless of the audience! So, no obligation - feel free to enjoy only the pictures and skip the rest! I [...]

Green and Black

My latest firing included porcelain pieces glazed in the new green colours that I've been focusing on, along with the dark, almost black clay vessels that I make. The glaze has a small amount of iron oxide added to give it the green tint. A larger amount of iron is added to the same glaze for [...]

In the tea garden

Over the last few months, along with other things, I've been working on developing a new range of teabowls which will feature various complementary glazes.There's something very special about the teabowl, with it's handle-less form, that seems to make you engage with the vessel, and its contents, more intensely. It's a simple concept but can be created [...]

Oatmeal and plums for tea

Some test pieces from my latest firing My latest firing included a mix of pieces heading for galleries and forthcoming shows. It also included some tests to try out different clay body mixes and surface treatments. Some of the new test pieces explore a different look to the light celadons and dark pieces that I make. I'm [...]

Clay

I've been experimenting again. In fact I think I'm always experimenting a bit. I always want to try out things and ideas that are new to me, so I rarely spend a day in the workshop without trying out a variation on a shape, a new glaze recipe, or a new clay body. Recently I've been [...]

Kim Bagley, solo exhibition

Last week I visited Kim Bagley's solo show 'Africa and the West' at the James Hockey gallery in Farnham. Kim has been working towards a PhD in Ceramics at the University of the Creative Arts in Farnham and this is her major exhibition. Kim started her PhD studies at the same time as I started studying [...]

Mudlarking

Last week I went on a very exciting trip to London to go 'Mudlarking' on the banks of the River Thames. Beach combing, to seek out unusual 'found objects', is one of my favourite activities, but I'd never had the opportunity, or courage, to go foraging for finds in London before. My friend and fellow potter [...]

Crafts Council Hothouse programme 2014

My adventure on the Crafts Council's Hothouse 2014 programme has almost finished. Thirty-eight emerging makers, including myself, were selected to take part in an intensive programme of business and craft development. We've participated in a series of workshops and events designed to bring on our craft businesses and help us formulate the beginnings of a career in [...]

New Ashgate Selects

Hothouse 4: New Ashgate Selects 21 June to 2 August 2014 The New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey, has invited 12 makers from this year's Crafts Council Hothouse programme to exhibit in this year's summer show. The makers selected for the exhibition are: Jenny Ayrton, myself (Elaine Bolt !), Sarah Brown, Sue Brown, Marie Canning, Adam Collins, Katharina [...]