Saturday 24 October 2009


Hello all

We're off on holiday in the morning for a week. When I get home I want to try and get this blog up and running again. It still takes ages to get my computer to work well enough to post. I know I need to buy a new one, but there's always some other bill that needs to be paid first, boo.

Here are a couple of pictures of a large harvest jug I made a while ago. It's about 15" with fingerwipe decoration.

I've been making orders recently, I'm nearly up to date with them. I'll post pictures once they've been delivered to their new owners.

Next commitment for me is a trip to to Camberwell College in London to do a talk and demo for the Craft Potters Association on 7th Nov. I don't worry too much about demoing these days, but the thought of navigating the big City is always a worry.

Following that, I have a showcase at Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery starting on 9th Nov.

In the past few days I've been completely reorganising the inside of the workshop with some racking I got from Wenford Bridge, thank you once again Mr Cardew. It's going to be a much better system - well it's going to actually have a system, there's a first for me! I hoped to get it finished before going away as I need to get straight back into making pots on my return for a show in Exeter at the end of Nov.

Well that's all for now, there's lots more to report, but I need to go to bed as we've a six hour drive tomorrow. Take care y'all, catch you soon.

PS The film Alex McErlain and team made at my place is on Facebook, so add me as a friend if you'd like to see it.

Tuesday 13 October 2009

Hello again

Hello all!

Here's a picture, just in case you've forgotten what I look like, it's been a long time.

Thank you for all the stuff you said about that jug on my last post, it came out pretty well, I was very happy with it.

Well I'm still having terrible problems with my useless computer, so whether this'll work, remains to be seen.

I wrote a massive post with lots of pics the other day and when I tried to upload it, the computer crashed, I lost it all, cursed a lot, then gave up in disgust, just short of taking a hammer to my pc - if this doesn't work, tonight might just be the night.

Anyway, all is good here, the pots are coming along and the workshop's painted up and weatherproof.

I just spent a few days in Cornwall looking after my mate Andrew's dog while he was away.

This was the view at sunset from outside his house on Sunday night.

Yesterday, he helped me bring home one of Michael Cardew's kickwheels, which is now installed in my workshop. I'm so pleased with it. Michael Cardew is one of the biggest influences on the way that I make pots, so it's a great thrill to own his wheel.

Here's the man himself, doing his thing back in the early 80's.

The old harvest jug he's holding in this film clip is a beauty, even with its flaking glaze.

Right, I'm off to the Half Moon for a pint of cider with my mate Clarkey, cheers for now my dears!