I was asked today to write about how I was feeling about the challenge in my diary. If I were to say ‘humble’ would that make sense? I am so lucky, how many people get an opportunity like me? I live in a pottery with a father who has been a practicing potter for over 50 years and I am getting the chance to throw a pot every day. Not only that but I get people like Amal and David who support my understanding of history and ceramics. I am just so grateful.
I think I really am going to need to bring the pictures and the diary together or they do not make sense. I also need to go back and make every day go up to date with the new information. I mean I have fired some pots now and this needs to be added. Anyway I am having a quandary.
South West Heritage Trust and the Somerset Rural Life Museum are putting on a talk on Sunday about ceramics. Some of this collection belongs to the SANHS Collection so I am going to have a look and listen. I have to say I am quite excited.
So the pot below is thrown with a white slip painted over a rad slip. The pot is earthenware and is of a kind found in South Somerset and often associated with the Donyatt Pottery. Talking to David Dawson he was not always convinced that every pot marked as from donate really was but the cup definitely has its influence in that area.
I liked the cup shape and wanted to see if I could emulate the design. They possibly used a template to support the design but I thought I would use my dads. Potters with more experience are better able to make duplicates of pots thrown on the wheel. I am still at the just there stage.
Following the Norman invasion, growing settlements meant more people needing pots, and Donyatt met this demand.
You can find examples in museums all over the country today
I am looking forward to finding out what age the pottery was that I was influenced by today.
A mug from South Somerset possibly Donyatt. I am looking at the shape and not reflecting the decoration with slip or using a lead glaze.
I have tried to mirror the shape or profile of the cup in the collection. I have made three more balls to have another go tomorrow
With the handle
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Pot of the Day Process Gallery
Clay type: Toasted stoneware
Turned and decorated
Decoration: Turned and not decorated
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