Monday, 28 December 2009

Bideford pots

Hello everybody, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We had a lovely time here, in spite of a nasty dose of man flu, which is thankfully on its way out now.

Well, as promised here are some photos from the Bideford firing courtesy of Blogger Matt.

The pancheon is one of mine, the casserole and jar are Philip's. He had some very fine pots out of the kiln.
Some more - Matt's jugs in the foreground.

This is Kathy Niblett, author of many pottery books, who used to be the curator at the Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent and is now editor ot the CPA newsletter. She's always been a tremendous support of our firing events. In her hand is one of my jugs which is now in her collection.

On our way back from Bideford, we dropped off some kiln shelves that had been loaned by Clive Bowen. This is Clive's kiln. I've spent many an hour stoking this beautiful, huge two chambered structure over the last twenty years.
And here is Clive's showroom - he's an amazing potter who, as you can probably see, has had a massive influence on my work.

Well that's it for now. Tomorrow we're off to visit my parents for a few days, before returning to Devon on New Year's Eve.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday all, take care, have fun, keep warm or if you're Ang, keep cool.



Peter said...

Just been enjoying the Christmas Carols on your previous post (and doing a bit of time travel.. I was a choir boy once!). The Bideford pots are wonderful, by the looks of the obvious chill in the air, handling warm pots fresh from the kiln would be a welcome activity. Good days for little brown paper bags of roasted chestnuts. Nice view of Clive Bowen's showroom, I can imagine Michael Cardew feeling rather at home there too.

Ron said...

Thanks for the pics. Esp. the one's of Clive's place. We have to get up there when I come back. Looks like Mrs. Niblett got a very fine jug too.

Paul Jessop said...

I'm going to make it a priority to get up to Clive's place in January.

Anonymous said...

beautiful pots everywhere! that clive makes some bigass pots, wow.