The trip to the museum was wonderful. I got to handle a whole range of different pots, early medieval baluster jugs, beautifully balanced and of graceful form, huge, seventeenth century slipware chargers with magnificent, ornate trailing, great baking dishes, with free-flowing white slip on a black slip ground, earthy nineteenth century country pots from Fremington in North Devon - it was pretty mind blowing really for a potter like me, with the influences that I draw upon.
Unfortunately I can't publish any of the photos I took, but here's one of Alex, and just to tease you, I can tell you he was holding a huge, Staffordshire baking dish, with remarkable, rhythmical feathering, skillfully executed some three hundred years ago. It must have been at least two feet long by fourteen inches wide, absolutely stunning - I'm afraid you'll just have to imagine!
now that's just mean...you'll just have to make reproductions of the pots you can't show us...
I wish I had the skills those guys had - at least this way you'll never know that I don't! Rats, just told you
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