I make bowls, vases, teapots, mugs, butter dishes, jugs and other functional wares
in porcelain and stoneware.They are sold via craft fairs, galleries, commissions
and exhibitions.Many of the pots are thrown but some are handbuilt. The pots are
often textured and impressed to create variations of glaze thickness and hence colour.
In addition to three porcelains a range of white and red stoneware clays are used,
often in blends to vary the chemical composition. This provides around 15 different
clay bodies from which a choice is made to match the intended glaze.
I make my own celadon, tenmoku and sang de boeuf copper red and purple glazes with
a range of fluxes and iron, copper, chromium or titanium oxides.From trials with
around 50 glazes about 15 are used on a routine basis but each firing includes new
The wares are reduction fired to cone 12, about 1300C, in a propane gas fuelled kiln.
Firing is a critical step in the creative process. The placement of pots in the combustion
gas flow and the patterns of temperature and oxygen level within the kiln cause colour
variations in the glazed surface which do not occur in conventional electric kilns.
The chemistry of the glaze surface is also affected by the composition of the clay,
the glaze thickness and how elements from the clay diffuse into the glaze layer.