Start at the beginning
In May 2018 I spent two days on a glaze making workshop run by Linda Bloomfield at Forest Row School of Ceramics. This was a turning point that made me look at the materials in a totally different light. These glaze ingredients - sillica - flint - clay - all from the earth, and formed over millions of years! Ancient rocks. I was fascinated and captivated. The research and experimenting began. Through this alchemic process I have discovered so much, mostly that I still have a lot to learn!
I have taken an interest in the geology of Dorset. We have a rich history of ceramics in the area. Verwood is home to one of the oldest Roman pottery sites, and there was a working pottery there until fairly recently. There were also potteries dotted around Sandford (Wareham), Purbecks, and of course Poole (Poole Pottery being the most well know of recent years, sadly now closed and working from a factory in Denby). The reason for all this activity is down to the lay of the land, and the rich clay deposits of the area.
August 2019 What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than tucking into a good read! I am lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of this book - A Potters Life - autobiography by local potter Guy Sydenham. He worked at Poole Pottery, built his own studio on Long Island where he also lived, on a boat with his family. He built his own wheel and used the wild clay from the natural banks. Work was then fired using driftwood and salt glazing with sea water. Ingenuity at its best. This makes me want to get back to basics and use my own clay (I have clay deposits right outside my studio!).