Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have not been able to produce a blog for my website for some considerable time. However, times have changed and here we go for my most recent blog.
I have been a volunteer at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives since December 2008. In addition, I was invited to become a trustee in 2014. In May of 2016 there was an in-house show of work and I was invited to submit my work. After the show which did very well in terms of sales, I continued to exhibit my work in the contemporary gallery and it was a successful year for me.
Currently, I am busy producing domestic ware for the coming season in Cornwall. I bought a second hand gas kiln recently and now have it installed and ready to start firing. The plan is to use the gas kiln for firing sculptural pieces and to use reduction firing to bring out the best effects with the appropriate glazes. I am also planning to use it for raku firing this summer.
During April, I am travelling out to Malawi again. I visited Malawi in 2008 and had a working holiday in a training school attached to a pottery at Nkhotakota on the shore of Lake Malawi. I want to return to make more of the “village pots” with a local potter. These are the kind of pots that we see often carried on the head of the women in different parts of Africa. They are made of simple clay and produced without a wheel but built up by spinning the clay on a saucer like structure. The pots vary in size from small rice dishes to large water carriers. Once complete and dried out they are bonfire fired in rice straw and cassava stems. The pots are not glazed and are used for many different domestic uses.
Once back from Malawi, I will write more in this beautiful country and village pots