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