Missing pots…?

Sadly, the porcelain teapot that was reported missing at the beginning of term has never been seen since.  Unfortunately, there have been a number of other items also reported missing this term, which is disappointing for the person who has spent time creating the piece, these include a flat plate that was going in for re-firing that had a lot of GM red glaze on it….has anyone seen it?

The drying and firing system at the workshop works on honesty and respect for other peoples work, if items have been taken by mistake, please could they be returned.  We all know accidents also happen, especially when we are working with a vulnerable material like clay, so if something has been broken, then please leave a note of explanation for the maker…they will really appreciate it!

Many thanks

Slab Roller for Sale

Frema slab roller for sale. Ali bought it from a lady in London who used it to make tiles for some sort of project she was doing. After that she didn’t use it at all and it was taking up room in her studio so she decided to sell it.

Ali has had it for about 2 years . It’s a great slab roller but for the amount of times she uses it, can’t justify the space, hence reason for sale.

It’s in great condition, has a wheel type handle mechanism to roll which makes it nice and easy.  It comes with another handle that hasn’t been used.

Cost is £400.  If you are interested, please get in touch will Ali directly, email: mail@alicooperceramics.co.uk

SYSTEM OVERLOAD OF WORK WAITING TO BE FIRED IN GAS KILN

ALL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE NOTE

Please would all members put a message on your pot / sculpture etc. if it’s made specifically FOR SALE . The amount of work waiting to be fired has increased beyond a point where the system can cope.

WSP was set up as ‘Classes for people of all abilities’. Members attend ‘classes’ – this is still the ethos of WSP – for self exploration and understanding of the wider ceramic field.

**** From now on class work made by members achieving their own goals will be given priority when the gas kiln is packed. *****

Nobody should be discouraged from making work that’s saleable, it reflects well on the whole organisation, but the amount of work now being made / biscuit fired off site and brought into the workshop to take advantage of a reduction firing is becoming a problem.

Until a system to cope with ‘work for sale’ is sorted out (it’s being discussed), it would be expected that members are honest and thoughtful about marking their work.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

Earthenware Green glaze – Be aware

Don’t panic but be aware !!!

Please be aware of this Earthenware Green glaze, fired at 1060 – 1080, usually fired in Stuart Kiln, the small top loader.

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The rich dark green colour Is achieved with a mixture of Lead Bi- Silicate (and other materials) plus Copper Oxide. There’s a very small risk of Lead release if acids – Lemon juice / Vinegar – are in contact with the surface .

This is the ONLY glaze that WSP use that there could be an issue with. Copper, which gives Red in the Gas kiln 1260, is absolutely safe at these high temperatures. All the potentially dangerous materials are locked in by the high firing. All the other glazes used at 1060 – 1080 are safe.

Sensible advice would be to use this dark green glaze on the outside of vessels if they’re going to be used for cooking. It’s VERY important if work is being sold that you inform buyers of the risks . If pieces for sale are to be decorative items only there’s no risk.

Please ensure that you provide clear advice to buyers, there could be serious consequences for makers if Health and Safety issues are ignored.