Archive for April, 2010

“It’s not just about the cake…”

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Wobage_courses_canopyAmateur potter and architect, Catherine Yeatman reviews the Wobage courses she attended in 2009.

“…there are salads with flowers in them, good company, a family of barn owls, home-made pizza in the wood-fired oven and by no means least there are, of course, the pots…..”

Click here to read the review in full

Evening class place available

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Patia_throwing_porcPatia has a last minute cancellation and therefore a place available on her Wednesday evening class. The 10 week Summer term covers all aspects of wheel-thrown earthenware, including slip-decoration and raw-glazing. Equally suitable for a beginner or a maker with more experience. You’ll find more information and contact details on the Evening classes page

Bottle-kiln building

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

kiln build wood fired earthenware

With the new Wobage kiln-site shed completed a few weeks ago, Patia is now making good progress with the building of her updraught wood-kiln. Once complete, she will journey towards wood-firing her earthenware which is currently electric fired. Patia was inspired by a similar kiln which she helped build and fire with Clive Bowen at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in 2007. Her design encompasses two catenary arch fireboxes, a round chamber and domed roof.

We eagerly await her first trials later in the year, in anticipation of ever more seductive surfaces; that added warmth, softness and serendipitous generosity of wood-firing. In combination with Patia’s bold and already sumptuous decoration, mmm, can’t wait! The kiln-build will be documented with regular picture updates on the end of Patia’s profile page.

Adopt a Potter mugs

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

AaP_mugsSheila Herring has been busily making mugs to donate to the ‘Adopt a Potter’ Trust which is supporting her apprenticeship to Jeremy this year. Jeremy has designed the shape and handle for the mug, which have been adapted to three different sizes. A batch have just been beautifully fired in the small wood-salt kiln. These mugs will be sold at Ceramics fairs over the Summer, at ‘Earth & Fire’ at Rufford Park in June and at ‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield House in August. For dates and details of these fairs, hover then click on the above hyperlinks.