Orange Peel Tea Pot

Nerina Cressey from Myra’s Monday evening class had kindly supplied a picture of her amazing ‘Orange Peel’ Teapot. The class are currently designing and making teapots and there are some really nice ones nearing completion.

Nerina’s is cobalt black with a textured ‘orange peel’ design. It is 6 and a half inches high and 11 ins from end of spout to end of handle.  She thinks it would probably provide tea for the entire group!

Thanks for sharing Nerina, I think its brilliant!

Lovely Jugs!

Stayed late after class this morning and was lucky enough to bump into Louis Wilkes from Tuesday evenings.  I was admiring his pots, lovely glaze and lovely shape. Richard’s glaze over Tenmoku….that combination does appear to produce the most pleasing results.

Also envious of  the wine sampling that I am led to belived goes on a Tuesday evening, very chilled out.  Making pots whilst glugging wine also sounds like a good combo.  Guess that is the benefit of evening classes.  Don’t think it would do to crack open the wine before noon…..or maybe…….

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High Fired Tin Glaze

Ever curious what would happen if a tin glaze was fired at stoneware temperature….well John from Thursday morning class tried it and here is the result.  This is tin glaze over cobalt, manganese and copper oxides.  The glaze bubbles, leaving fantastic craters and texture.  Not everyones taste I’m sure but it’s right up my street and great as a decorative finish.  Always worth experimenting!

The tile in the background shows the result after earthenware firing. (smooth surface and stronger oxide colour)