Alex's pots arrived today along with some made by his student, Paul Reid.
He's a very good potter as you can see by the beautiful jugs in the picture below. He worked at Winchcombe Pottery back in the 1970's with my old friend and inspiration, the late, great Sidney Tustin.
As Dan Finnegan would likely agree, working at Winchcombe Pottery demands skills of the highest quality.
The two fine jugs won't be in this kiln, as they're still under wraps in Manchester, but will probably be in a firing at a later date - what a pair of beauties don't you think?
These pots are the ones that arrived today. They're made from the Hollyford clay that Alex took back with him last time.
In the box with the pots were these two pages of photographs taken by Steve Yates, the cameraman. They're images of medieval jugs in York Museum - wow!!!! Really inspiring, those guys made some fantastic pots, what a treat, lucky me.
Below, an enlargement of one of the images. There's fantastic applied decoration on a number of these - some of them are pretty crazy, crazy in a really good way.
I sometimes look at a book I have about Picasso's ceramics before I start decorating. I used to struggle a lot with confidence when applying marks or sprigs, but studying Picasso's freedom of mark-making helped me to loosen up. These medieval pitchers make me feel the same way - anything goes, just do it with conviction.
I made some of these simple bowls today. They'll be slipped on the inside and just over the rim - I'll leave the outside unglazed in the hope that the flame will leave some interesting 'flashing' during the firing. There was a lovely one of these in the museum in Manchester that I was looking at last week. Much force drying to do over the next couple of days if these are going to make next week's burn-up.
This jug will be green and black
This one has a white slip, over a black slip, the marks drawn through the white, to expose the black slip beneath.
Again, this week's pots are all made from Hollyford clay, which makes me a happy man.
This time next week all these pots will be in the wood kiln getting a darn good roasting - hurrah!