Mugs, Mugs and more Mugs

I make a LOT of mugs. They’re probably my favourite thing to make. Everyone understands a mug, and almost everyone uses a mug at least once a day. They’re a very personal item – and people tend to have favourites. Favourite style, shape, colour, whatever. My favourite was made by one of Lisa Hammond’s apprentices, …

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Straight-sided lava mugs

I normally trim a foot-ring on my functional ware, but occasionally I make things without them. You would think this saves time, and it probably does if you’re used to doing it. But in my case I spent the same amount of time tidying the bases of these as I would have done just trimming …

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Lava lidded jars

These jars are glazed with a ‘lava’ glaze, otherwise known as an ‘oilspot’ glaze. It forms when you layer one glaze over another, and the glazes have just the right chemistry to react in the way they do. I then applied an additional layer of colourful glazes to get the effect you see before you. …

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Nuka teabowl

Teabowls are a used for serving matcha tea and and come in many forms. They range in shape from the exquisitely refined all the way to the incredibly rough and ready. This one attempts to strike a balance between the worlds of natural and man made. They are part of the experience of tea drinking, …

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My makers mark

My mark changes from time to time, mainly because I lose the stamp and have to make another. This is my current stamp and the one I have settled on for now. It’s ‘T’ with two dots, one on each side. I do try to remember to stamp all my work, but sometimes I forget. …

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Nuka moonjar

Moonjars are traditional Korean forms used to store rice, vinegar and other foodstuffs. They’re normally quite large and often made in two sections. Bernard Leach famously gifted an exquisite moonjar to another famous potter, Lucie Rie. It’s quite an interesting story. This one’s quite small and thrown as a single pot. It’s glazed with a …

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Stacking bowls

Stacking bowls present some unique challenges to the potter. I’ve not quite mastered the method of making them all line up height wise, but I can get them to neatly fit inside one another. I quite like the artichoke-ness of them! The bowl set above has been glazed with a glossy nuka glaze – which …

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Colourful fruitbowl

I’ve been playing with a new set of glazes recently to see if I can get a bit more movement into my decoration. I think I might be onto something here!

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