Thursday, 29 May 2008

Back to work


I got back into the workshop today after what seems like ages. I have to say I wasn't feeling very inspired, but I managed to get these bottles made and I'm pleased with them, so it was a good start. Of course you across the pond would call them jugs.



This afternoon I collected Brad from the station. I think we'll have some fun. He's been off down the fields opposite the workshop where he dug a load of clay from the banks of the little stream. He's hoping to get some pots made from it in the next couple of days. We're going to take him to our village pub for a bit of Devon 'culture' this evening. Here he is throwing a jug, which of course, you across the pond would call a pitcher.

9 comments:

Kent Harris said...

Maybe after a fine trip to the local Devon pub, the inspiration will come back. Beer makes everything better, especially when combined with a screamin' guitar. Thanks for that link to the london museum, I loved it....It reminded me why I love jugs so much.
Cheers, have a beer for me!
kent

michele d. said...

Love the jugs (bottles). Are they kitty-free? LOL...

Seriously, were those thrown or coil built? I'm anxious to try some coil work myself. I also can't wait to see what kind of things y'all produce together. Brad looks like a pro.

Michael Kline said...

There you go again, coming into the shop after a long break and making beautiful pots! They are really nice "bottles"! Have fun at the pub.

potterboy said...

I can say this morning for sure, beer isn't a good thing. Ouch. But those bottles look great as does Brads jug.

doug fitch said...

Hi all
Ouch indeed Andrew, I don't drink often and even then, only a little, but a few last night and it was a slow start today. Maybe more practice is called for.

That site's amazing isn't it Kent? I came to it via Ron. http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/ceramics/

Michael Kline, king of the line(sounds like a drug reference, I'm actually referring to your great sense of form.)Thanks for your kind comments, it bucked me up no end today.

Michele, they're all thrown. The necks are a little tight for kittens, but I think they'll squeeze in there with a slap of slip. I dont have the skills/patience to make coiled pots, early attempts at coiling spiralled out of control. Poor Brad's here fast asleep on the sofa. My camera batteries are in his bag, I'll try and get some photos on from today if he wakes up in time. When are we going to see some of your pots? c'mon get blogging!
Happy weekend all

michele d. said...

Oh my goodness, I'm such the beginner. I fell in love with it, though. My tiny little pots don't compare to yours.

Alex Matisse's blog (Notes of an apprenticeship) gave me the idea of an apprenticeship and I may be starting a job at one of the pottery studios in New Orleans. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Maybe afterwards I'll start blogging. I should know by Monday. :)

doug fitch said...

Sounds like a good time to start. Fingers crossed for you, good luck, keep us posted.

June said...

Brad does some fine work. His dad and I enjoyed looking at it. Thank you so much for your hospitality - I believe he is loving Wales. Hopefully it's for the pottery - not the pubs.

doug fitch said...

Hi June, I thinks he's had a good time in my messy ltiile workshop, I hope it's been useful to him and that he's learned some stuff. His pots are are very good and I think pottery will take him all around(the pubs of) the world :)

I hope to get over one day to visit Ron et al, so I hope I'll meet you then
Best wishes from England
D