Woodfired stoneware, porcelain & raku.
Work generally available from:
Apart from our own Gallery at Mosterton, The Eeles Family have exhibitions running at various locations throughout the year - current year exhibitions are shown below and on our events listings.
Eeles Pottery has also reopened the shop at 56 Broad Street Lyme Regis Dorset DT7 3QF (December 2016)
We will be selling a selection of: Jewellery, Glass, wood & other local crafts as well as our distinctive ceramics.
Open daily until Christmas 11am to 4pm, then winter opening times apply until Easter.
Each year we have open days at the pottery, with demonstrations & raku firings.
Pottery workshop visits - By popular demand, I am pleased to provide the opportunity for groups of between 10-25 people to have a guided tour of the workshop & kilns. Demonstrations can be provided.
These visits are by appointment only, at a modest charge per head.
The visit would normally be outside working hours, evenings or weekends by arrangement. For more information on pottery visits please call or write to Simon Eeles.
The pottery we produce is mainly woodfired stoneware with some marbled porcelain and raku.
The stoneware is a plastic clay comprising of a mixture of ball clays, one from Wareham in Dorset the other from Devon, plus China clay from Cornwall and fine silica sand from near Chard in Somerset. The clay arrives as dug, in lump form, we then slake down the materials in water. Then mixed in a blunger until it is the consistency of cream, sieved to remove any foreign matter and transported using an old swimming pool pump, into large troughs to dry. It can take up to ten weeks to mature, finally it is pugged before we use it. The pugging machine mixes the clay into a uniform state ready for the potter to shape into a pot.
The main difference between stoneware and porcelain is one of opacity in stoneware, and translucence in porcelain which has a more glass like structure.
Once the pottery is made and fired to 960 degrees centigrade (biscuit temp) in an electric kiln, many different decorative techniques are employed. An application of glaze is put on to the biscuit pot. The designs are applied using ether paper cut, wax resist, glazed trailed, poured or brushed on to the pot to obtain the desired result. The inspiration for the decoration comes from many sources, landscape in it many moods, animal, floral and abstract.
Born 1933, Started potting in 1949, Workshop in Hampstead, North London from 1955-1961, moved to present address in 1962. (Sadly, David Eeles passed away on 21st of September 2015 after a short illness. He was in the workshop only two days before going into hospital. Being true to one of his favourite sayings