now the hawthorn is in flower, wherever it is untrimmed or allowed to grow into a tree. all round the paddock at the back of the house there are big hawthorns covered in blossom.

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the profusion of foamy white flowers in May covers tree and hedge-bank like a heavy snowfall.

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four pots made today, all more or less the same shape.

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but all slightly different. same clay again, straight crank with the reclaim, and the porcelain buttered on with a knife.

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I tried something new with the scoring on this one. I have been looking at a book of Korean ceramics; their Punch’ong ware, which has white slip brushed on over a dark clay body, is partly the inspiration for this porcelain overlay. the Korean pots have stamped, incised and sgraffito designs under and through the slip, so I have been thinking about adding to my repertoire of scored marks and lines.

looking for images of Punch’ong;

this looks like unglazed slip, I love the thick dry surface.

and contemporary work by Korean potter Lee Kang Hyo.

a nice link between snowy flowers and white slip.