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The people who now have my old studio have let me fire in my lovely old big kiln, the controls are really old-fashioned, and it’s like being a scientist or a crazy experimenter. The physical sound of the contactors breaking in and out to keep the large chamber at an even temperature is quite frightening and thrilling. Inside the kiln there are quite a few large pots glowing in the red white hot heat, shimmering and soft to the touch if one could touch them at this point of the material process. So thrilling, inside this box I have no idea what has really happened. It was a bit of a balancing act with fabulous new intern Josh Packing the kiln yesterday, so fingers crossed. It never ceases to thrill, slightly scare and amaze me. It’s a great honour to be in slight control of all these material changes. Won’t know till tomorrow whether the pieces are successful or not.

16th Jan 2019
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The people who now have my old studio have let me fire in my lovely old big kiln, the controls are really old-fashioned, and it’s like being a scientist or a crazy experimenter. The physical sound of the contactors breaking in and out to keep the large chamber at an even temperature is quite frightening and thrilling. Inside the kiln there are quite a few large pots glowing in the red white hot heat, shimmering and soft to the touch if one could touch them at this point of the material process. So thrilling, inside this box I have no idea what has really happened. It was a bit of a balancing act with fabulous new intern Josh Packing the kiln yesterday, so fingers crossed. It never ceases to thrill, slightly scare and amaze me. It’s a great honour to be in slight control of all these material changes. Won’t know till tomorrow whether the pieces are successful or not.

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We have a lovely 500 year old home in this extraordinary village in Provence. It has a studio with small electric kiln in a cave at the bottom of the house that is part of this ancient petrified waterfall …. if anyone would like to rent it for a sabbatical do get in touch. You have to be fit as there are more than 50 stairs winding upupup to the kitchen at the top of the house.. 7 floors above. #provence #Cotignac #stidioinacave #thevar

10th Jan 2019

Kent. Lunch time half pint at out local with the Morris dancers. Nice break from sealing my newly polished concrete studio floors . As bubble and squeak for supper. A perfect day #perfect day #morrisdancing #liquidlunch

26th Dec 2018

Grrrr. Kiln open and after last firing my confidence WAS high….. and now it comes crashing g down@with glaze bubbles and patchy glazing !!!! Grrrrr. The ceramic challenge never ends. Chasing that perfect pot. Today a long way out of reach. so not to be defeated im popping more glaze on and re firing. #glazegonewrong #kilngods #crystallineglaze #glazingpottery

20th Dec 2018

Applications are now open for @ClayCollege 2019-2021 Diploma course. 6pm on the 15th February 2019 is the closing date so plenty of time to apply This course aims to provide a level of skill sufficient for a graduate to set themselves up as a practicing #potter. The skills taught on the course include #making, #design and planning, clay and #glaze technology, kiln design, building and firing, marketing and promotion. It is an intensive course, with six 14 -15 week terms packed into two years. The courses long term goal is to change the current system of teaching Studio ceramics. A course designed by Potters for potters Application details :http://bit.ly/2EJirpw #ClayCollege #ClaycollegeStoke #CeramicEducation

20th Dec 2018

Earlier this year the inspiring winner of the Global Teacher Prize Andria Zafirakou came to visit The Balls Pond Studio. She discussed her idea and plans after winning the prize, her concerns about arts educations and the constant fight faced to keep arts education accessible to every child. Join Andria for her annual lecture as she sets out why the arts are so important, and what can be done to ensure they are accessible to all. Ticket info : http://bit.ly/2ECeHFD andriazaf @teacherprize @ucl @ioelondon @varkeyfdn #ArtsEduction #Lecture #TeacherPrize #TeacherPrize Winner #TeachersMatter #BestTeacher #TeachersofInstagram

20th Dec 2018

Kiln open. Very pleased with the results…. phew. Never know how pieces will come out. Genuinely. This was a three minute soak at 1261 degrees c. Two of the pots were regal ES as they hadn’t worked the first time round. Happy Christmas. 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 The kiln straight back on tonight with two vases. 24 hours in a kiln for work that takes a few months to make. An honour to have this as my profession , especially when the kiln gods are kind. #crystallineglaze #kilngods

20th Dec 2018

Love the imagery of these old needlepoint pieces I have been collecting for years. I took each one from its backing and washed and ironed – ready for this moment. They are going to go together in a patchwork to be a lovely carpet … can’t wait #needlepoint #patchwork #hallwaycarpet

2nd Dec 2018

Oh my. I have been waiting for these walls for three months and today they arrived to house the big kiln in with no escape !!!! It was a big decision to go for these front wallsand im thrilled and feel so very lucky. 30 years of a fabulous but very small studio without a view and now the dream come true. #newstudio #newwalls #cantwaittowork

30th Nov 2018

If you are free do go and visit one of studio assistants @erikaalbrechtceramics at her open studio. #Repost @erikaalbrechtceramics ・・・ Open Studio Arch 35 Ermine Mews, Laburnum Street E2 8BF Warm welcome to our Winter sale Seasonal gift ideas, ceramics, glass and concrete .. Please come along ,share a glass of mulled wine & minced pie while browsing our handmade work. This weekend, the 24th-25th November 11- 6 pm #ceramics #handcrafted #giftideas #wintersale #openstudios #handmade #christmasiscoming

24th Nov 2018