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May 13, 2019

Modernist Sculptor

Her work baffled Leach and made Lucie Rie frown...

'Ruth Duckworth forged ahead in ceramics, free from prejudices about materials and process and uninhibited by 'rules' that she either didn't know or didn't care to learn"

Lauria, Jo. & Birks, Tony (2004...

March 20, 2019

New glaze..took a gamble and filled a kiln. Maybe one to archive and consider a miserable failure or maybe look at it from a different angle. 

What am I looking for from a glaze, a perfectly finished pot, good even coverage, right fit for the clay body, no cracks, drips...

March 19, 2019

the sky is indeed my muse today... 

March 12, 2019

The kiln can be the bringer of great joy & utter heartache. This I am learning to accept, I accept the lack of control, even embrace it by not really paying attention to the details. This is part of the journey of the pot, from earth, to makers hands, to the fiery heat...

February 14, 2019

The birds, mostly the crows catch my eye every day. the random dashes of black that swoop and turn across the sky seem to find there way onto my pots more often than not... art is not literal, art is mostly make believe....

February 14, 2019

My first glaze firing in the university kilns... a pleasing pink with a hint of green flash from some localised reduction. Felt strange to not be checking the kiln every other minute, felt strange not to desperately be waiting for the temp to drop to an acceptable leve...

January 30, 2019

making marks.... testing glazes

Starting with test tiles to get an inital feel for a glaze and then moving onto small test bowls, adding marks, creating a surface, gaining an understanding of whether its worth further investigation. 

Is it the next layer on a piece, the...

January 29, 2019

Exploration, confusion, despair, vision, focus, circular were all words that could be used to sum up my first term on my MA journey. 

Settling in always takes time, and the flow of days in and out of the studio start to show their faces. 

My first written assignment...

October 3, 2018

" study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in " - Leonardo da Vinci 

A mysterious haze has hung over my first days on campus from navigating the library system, meeting fellow students, finding the best place for coffee and feeling so...

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