Friday, 18 December 2009

FOTOS OF CHRISTMAS FAIR







THIS IS BY MY WORKSHOP IN A LITTLE COURTYARD WHERE THE SHOWROOM IS ALSO.

christmas fair.

ROWALLANE CHRISTMAS FAIR WAS ON LAST WEEKEND AND DREW IN HUGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE. I MADE A LOT OF SALES, IN FACT IT WAS MY BEST WEEKEND EVER, BETTER THAN POTTERS MARKETS I HAVE DONE IN THE PAST.
IT IS GOOD HAVING A SPACE TO SELL TO THE PUBLIC AND IT GIVES ME CHANCE TO TALK TO THE CUSTOMER. SOMETIMES PEOPLE SHOW GREAT INTEREST AND WANT TO KNOW THE WHOLE PROCESS. THIS IS VERY REWARDING FOR ME, IT IS LIKE A CONFIDENCE BOOSTER.
STILL HAVE SOME ORDERS AND PRESENTS TO FINISH BUT DRYING IS PAINFULLY SLOW. STARTING TO GET THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING, MAINLY DUE TO MONDAYS DRINKING SESSION, WAS SUPPOSED TO BE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING.

THINK I HAVE SOME FOTOS TO FOLLOW.

christmas fair.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

cristina, que piensas? perrita guapa. Also some works in progress.


THIS WAS A WORK IN PROGRESS BUT NO LONGER.

MAKING SOME LARGE PLATTERS.THIS IS 18INS DIAMETER


LARGE STRAWBERRY PLANTER, DRY AND READY FOR THE KILN ,WITH LARGE ALI BABA30ins



This is my puppy who is going to woo the public into the showroom. She is going to ruin the cats lives but they have too much luxury anyway.

new pots and new puppy





































some pots from the last firing, including a before cooking shot and after cooking shot of a chicken cooked in one of my chicken bricks. it tasted moist with a great flavour.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Repeating myself

I realise that I keep putting some pictures on twice, sorry, just can't quite work everything smoothly yet.

chicken bricks and the cafe at rowallane











Kilns are a pain

Had some plant pots in my friends kiln but it struggled to reach temperature so not sure how they will turn out. Find out tomorrow.
I have just finished a glaze firing, but the weather was so bad I am a little worried the kiln temperature was uneven, much hotter at the top. Never sure what to do, keep firing and let the top of the kiln get really hot or trust the bottom of the kiln to have reached enough temperature to mature the glaze.
I'ts never easy, waiting to open the kiln is a worrying 15 to 20 hours. I always take a sneeky look through the spyholes the next morning in hope that the colours have developed ok.

I made some chicken bricks and tagines recently so here are pictures.

More pics to follow from the firings, good or bad

Monday, 23 November 2009

GARDEN POTS

Finished my next strawberry planter without any disaster this time and I am waiting for all the garden pots to dry before the firing.

I also have some birdfeeders to fire and more stoneware pots.

Photos to follow soon.

The weather is a bit of a problem as it takes pots so long to dry with all the damp, not to mention it's really depressing and muddy.

I am aware that my ramblings don't seem to follow any pattern but that is ok, I'm a potter.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Messed that post up. The cafe pictures should have been on the previous post.



pots in the cafe at Rowallane Gardens.
The Market Kitchen cafe is well worth a visit. All food is baked from fresh daily, scones, cup cakes, Luara's speciality, wheaten bread and sandwiches are made to order. The coffee is the best around, no weak watery stuff, proper continental strength and taste. All too easy for me to nip across from the workshop and spend too long there.




New pots

back blooging

well things got held up with no internet connection but all sorted out.
had another glaze firing consisting mostly of mugs as they always sell well.
Also tried out a new design through the slip, i like it.

Everything seemed to be going well recently, good firings, nice glazes and successful throwing sessions.Should have known better, if its going so well a disaster is just around the corner. Lost a huge strawberry planter at the final stage. After joining the two large pieces together and all going well and looking good I stood on the pedal, the wheel went full throttle and the pot is now in the recycle clay bin. 50lbs of clay aqnd no little effort.

Just have to start again.

Pictures of pots and rowallane to follow

back blooging

Wednesday, 4 November 2009




SOME MORE POTS FROM THE FIRING

THIS BLOGGING REQUIRES TOO MUCH DISCIPLE BUT I AM GOING TO KEEP GOING. DID A GLAZE FIRING YESTERDAY AND I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE RESULTS. A GOOD CLEAR DAY REALLY HELPS THE KILN FIRE MORE EVENLY AND THE COLOURS SEEM CRISPER AND BETTER. ALL GOOD NEWS AS MOST OF IT WAS FOR AN ORDER.

PLATES ARE ALWAYS A HEADACHE, TAKE UP LOADS OF KILN SPACE.

I WANT TO PUT SOME PICTURES OF ROWALLANE GARDENS ON HERE AS IT LOOKS IMPRESSIVE THIS TIME OF YEAR.

Monday, 26 October 2009



Having trouble working this blog idea so here are some pictures of my pots












Sunday, 25 October 2009



Hello pottery bloggers.

My name is Matt Liddle and I am a potter in N. Ireland. I make reduction fired stoneware pots for the home and terracotta pots for the garden.

This is my first attempt at a blog and I hope to update regularly.

Here are a few of my garden pots outside my workshop which is in Rowallane Gardens, a National Trust property in Saintfield N.Ireland.