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Day 60: 100 Pots in 100 Days


The work? I am still on mugs. I have pulled handles but they will not be dry enough until tomorrow night. The handles are thin and delicate as the cups are small as is the bottle
What a day! I went to Somerset Rural Life Museum and listened to a talk by Nic Saintey on Donyatt Pottery. Not only was it interesting but there were also people there who know a lot about history and one Douglas Phillips who actually uses Donyatt clay. I was so pleased to meet him. 
Top things that made me think: 
  • End of Saxon was Napoleonic Wars and we were flooded with goods and were unable to make our own to sell.
  • Also rather than filings coming from Carding Combes the Donyatt Clay has Iron in it.
  • There are mistakes in the book about Donyatt Pottery. I find the disagreements so interesting. We just don’t know and may never know but we can take a punt at possibilities. 
  • The older pottery is simpler. They think the pottery died because they couldn’t compete with the new collars and industrialisation
  • Donyatt clay can be fired to stoneware temperatures. 
  • Donyatt is known for lots of jugs.
  • White slip might have come from making pipes but also there is some white clay around Donyatt and this may have been used.
  • Pottery made by people with portfolio careers and pottery did not pay on its own.
There was  an exhibition of Pottery by artist Emilie Taylor who used the Donyatt Pottery to inspire her work. Her work was amazing although I prefer her pictures of flora and fauna rather than the women in yoga positions. That is a taste thing as I think I get why she did it It mirrored the decoration that linked to current and local events reflected in this farmhouse pottery.
It did make me smile and I wondered, as I was doing something so similar, if that was why Somerset Art Works hadn’t shared any information of mine. Why would they when they are trying to promote work they have sponsored? I thought there was a bit of a conflict there and worth noting. Perhaps my work is just shit! I am giggling and presuming nobody is reading this. If you are I apologise for my language.
With regard to the cups: Day 74 is ok but Day 75 has the shape better but the most important thing from today is that I am now using less water and my entering is better. Go me!

Pot of the Day Process Gallery


Clay type: White Stoneware

Turned and decorated

Decoration: Turned on the wheel. This is one of my best large bowls to date. I am really getting the hang of even and thin. Centering is still a bit of a problem and I am using too much water

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