there have been more pots in the running, despite lack of blogging, but an awful lot of other things happening

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such as decisions on how to finish these slow coiled pots

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with a plain white slip over the textured surface?

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unglazed and oxide painted on was really disappointing

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besides causing unforeseen accidents with kiln shelves

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so what to do? inspiration from the post war generation of studio potters is all very well, but different times breed different ideas

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oxide painted on and scraped off again in patterns is pleasing …

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inspired by natural things found

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and seen

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but what to do

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to fire them? in my gas kiln with reduction the oxides seem to lose the softness

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I want – here I have just bisque fired a little higher to try to fix the oxides for slipping/glazing

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in between I have been to Devon for a wonderful poetry writing course with Anne and Peter Sansom – which sent me spinning off in all sorts of other directions

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then I have been printing plant materials onto textiles …..

David Pearce   Pinching Seeds   36 x 45 cms
meeting up with this wonderful painter who is selling my pots with his paintings see his gallery here and he has the only coiled pot I have glazed with the chun and slip

I have to say his work is quite inspirational and some little threads of drawing might leak onto my pots soon

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I have also been taking part in a landscape writing course which I am sure will influence the pots

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and learning how to put together some different shapes

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which ended up as this

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and is cooling in the kiln as I write

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thoughts of my painterly oxide application

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and my having begun to paint again –

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so looking at landscape with different eyes (more in a subsequent blog)

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considering textures

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even the textiles like this piece of silk velvet which reflects light

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and the shimmer of light on water in the reed beds and dykes on the coast

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I decided to stick to what I am doing well already with the chun glaze …..

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awaiting results – also a following blog as I’ll be opening the kiln on wednesday