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 [...]

Wilderness

I have a special liking for slightly deserted landscapes with that abandoned dilapidated look going on. Dungeness on the Kent coast has to be my favourite place to experience this kind of atmosphere.                   It's a massive coastal 'desert' where fishing boats lie stranded on the vast stretch of shingle, slowly rusting and weathering away.      There [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Little Things

Right now I'm in the process of selecting work to show at the Contemporary Crafts Festival at Bovey Tracey in Devon which takes place next weekend. Some new pieces that are heading for the festival are all about the details and the little things. Teaspoons, thimbles, tiny bottles and surface decoration.   Come and visit my stand at the show from [...]