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Ceramics by Philomena Pretsell at Studiopottery.co.uk

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Upcoming events

Three Masters in Porcelain at Sherrie Gallerie 4th June to 16th July, 2017 Curt Benzle with Tom Hadley and Jennifer McCurdy
Sherwood Forest Wood Firing Society's Notts Open Studio Event at Thoresby Gallery 4th - 11th June 2017 Display of work and kiln firing at Thoresby park (Two Sundays ONLY - 4th and 11th June)
Contemporary Craft Festival at Mill Marsh Park 9th - 11th June 2017 Three day fair of mixed crafts including a wide range of ceramics
North Yorkshire Open Studios - Isabel Denyer at Wighill House 3rd - 11th June 2017 As part of North Yorkshire open studios, come and see Isabel Denyer's work. See her website for more info.  Weekends only 3-4 June and 10-11 Junel

Recently added Courses

SVEND BAYER - 3 DAY THROWING LARGE WORKSHOP - 19th - 21st May 2017
ONLY THREE PLACES LEFT........Svend Bayer, one of the leading potters in Britain today (2.04.2017)
Slip Decorating With Richard Wilson - 23rd - 25th June 2017
Students will be throwing or press moulding forms to decorate with slips.
Naked Raku With John Evans - 14th - 16th July 2017
Learn all there is to know about Naked Raku. Students are required to bring biscuit fired burnished pots to fire.
Hand Building & Smoke Firing Course at the Moulin with Frances Marr - 11th - 17th June 2017
Over the the course of the week we will explore smoke-firing techniques resulting from the interaction of clay and fire. 

Wali Hawes – Fire Trees

An article by Wali about building and firing a set of fire trees. There is also comment in “Terrart”a Barcelona magazine published by┬áL’Associaci├│ de Ceramistes de Catalunya. See front cover above…

This is a copy of the article on Wali’s blog – for more interesting articles visit his blog.

Heloisa Alvima is a potter from Brazil who lives in Monferrier, France. I was very happy to be invited to build and fire a set of Fire Trees which would coincide with the festival of San Jean which is also the same day as the Summer Solstice. The setting was the Culture Centre and I was ably assisted by students from the ceramics school, local potters and enthusiasts. We started off with the usual coiling techniques and found the clay as supplied by SolarGil to be good allowing us to dry out the structure quite rapidly without cracking. Those who participated in the project were also invited to create decorations that reflected the local landscape or at least inspiration was from our surroundings. I did so in order to make people more aware of the environment in which we inhabit not only in the physical sense but also in the social context. It is another aspect of the Fire Trees that go beyond technique and process.
It was great to have the support of the Asociation de Clubs de Loisir (Hope that is how it is spelt!), Daniel who is the president, Gerard who put up with me and his wife Jo—many evenings were spent enjoying their hospitality, Loule, Izabu, Tibo, Caren and a host of others. Their help and kindness also the hospitality knew no bounds. If I have forgotton anybody then I allow myself to be shot for such an omission. Unfortunately we discovered that the clay did not quite meet up to the tremendous stresses during the firing and structural damage was quite severe…despite our attempts to repair the damage I am afraid the trees will have to be re-built and fired again. We got to temperature and the clay fired well…in some cases it actually fused. The firing was quite a spectacle. Looking forward to the next firing.

Also see the U Tube video of the event.


Posted on October 14 2009 under Event Reviews.