Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Kiln's, pots and Blogger Dan
Tom Skeen came to the event with his girlfriend Alice. It was lovely to see Tom again - he came to me for a while last year, when he made this pot from clay that he dug from the woods. I fired it for him, along with some other pots that he made and delivered them to him at the weekend. He left this one beside my car when he left which was really sweet of him. He hadn't been making pots long when he made this pot, but it's clearly visible that he has a natural understanding of good form. This combined with the direct manner in which he manipulates clay, suggest that he's going to be a very fine potter. Thanks Tom very much, note Kipper giving it some scrutiny.
This pot was made by the fair hand of the excellent Mr Nigel Lambert who was also demoing at the weekend. I really like his work a lot and this piece is a very welcome addition to my collection. It was good to spend some time with him and to get an axe swinging lesson(he's a former forester)
And here's a beautiful pot that will be added to my special shelf of bloggers' pots, made by the great Dan Finnegan from Virginia USA. I saw this pot when it was freshly made in the States on Dan's blog, so I'm thrilled to bits to own it.
Matt, Hannah, Andrew and I skived off during the afternoon on Sunday and took a half hours drive to Toff milway's Conderton Pottery, where Blogger Dan is staying. It was great to meet him - magic even. What a fantastic beard and a top man - it felt like we all knew him already. We'll see him again this weekend at Earth and Fire at Rufford, I look forward to that.
Here's my good chum Paul Young taking a break.
This is Sean Casserly, whose workshop was the venue for the event. Here he's firing a tunnel type raku kiln that he built.
And this is the masterpiece of modern engineering that Matt and I lashed together last week from an oil drum. Would you believe it, it actually worked.
That's all for now, time for bed, goodnight all.