Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Mixing Business with Pleasure

It's all systems go at the Pottery at the moment,
but it seems like it's been that way since January,
where have these past 5 months gone.

I love this picture
it's a screen grab from our latest workshop video
that will be live soon
so watch this space.

We are working so hard that we really need our day off
to unwind and relax a bit.
Last week we went to Bridport
to look at all the Antique shops,
This pic was taken whilst enjoying a piece of cake
and some builders tea from the red brick cafe.

We also popped down to West Bay
for a stroll along the sea front.

we came across our pots in the Old Custom house.

We have also been working on some exclusives 
for the National Trust
I'm liking this new Blue/ Grey colour.

Sales in our showroom are continuing to grow
with more visitors seeking us out
which is a really nice feeling, that people are
making a visit to our workshop a part of their holiday experience
and we hope we always make them feel like it was
worth it.
The Article in Country Homes & Interiors Magazine
really has been a great boost to us this year,
with visitors coming from as far away as Kent.

I was reading the latest copy of Ceramic Review this week
and spotted a small feature on ourselves. 
We ordered our third tonne of clay so far this year
last year we used 5 tonnes
looks like it's going to be six this year.

The new kiln is still firing a bit to high
but people seem to be loving the toasted look.

Me I'm not so sure!

I fired this very large jug in our old kiln just to make sure
it came out how I wanted it.

I've spoken to the kiln makers and I think I can sort it out.

This was a very dramatic sky over the workshop
the other day.
So over the next few weeks we shall be at Earth & Fire 2015
at Rufford Abbey Nottinghamshire
followed by
Art in Clay Hatfield House

We hope to see you there

Thursday, 14 May 2015

So whats been going on @ Barrington Pottery

It's been a while since I last posted a Blog
almost a Month.
We have been very busy, and I'm not sure where the time has gone?
But since I last posted a number of things have happened.
So here is a brief update on where we are at!
In the showroom I built a new table from old scaffolding planks.
We have a friend in the Village that owns a scaffolding company
so I asked him one Sunday night in the pub
" what do you do with old planks you no longer use?"
He said he would get some of his lads to drop some down to us
when they were next in the area.
All I did was put it together and sand it down afterwards
Just Perfect!

We have also made some more pots for a medieval style film being made by
20th Century Fox.
Being filmed in Cardiff at the moment.

The new Large kiln means I can fire lots more Pancheons
at any one time.

Here is one of the new finished pancheons out of the new kiln.
and I've re subscribed to Ceramic Review!

I still am amazed as to just how many pots I can fit into the 
New Kiln.
It's still firing hot at the bottom but I'll sort that.

I've been extremely busy making pots 
this is a Sunrise when I turned up at the workshop one morning.

I'm sure I will soon work out the best way to get 
the most out of the kiln.
It's taking much longer to load a glaze firing
but it's also taking an extra half a day to cool down.

We are now on St Mary's Church Key rota
and we have had our first two weeks.
I love opening it up in the morning and closing it up at night
it just gives you a bit of time to appreciate
it on your own. and capture some of the sunlight.

These Cereal bowls were fired at the very bottom of the kiln
you can see they are much darker.
But all the dark ones sold first!

A Bit higher up the kiln our Honey glaze looks great

and this ramakin is what the bowls above should have looked like.
Here  we have some new Pancheons 
on my new showroom table.
We  have supplies two new shops
one in west bay called the Lobster in the Cupboard
and one in Lyme Regis called Found ( Ryder & Hicks ).
and then we set off to Scotland for Doug & Hannah's Wedding
we went Via the Lake district 
Strange to see Snow on the hills in May! 
But it all went brilliant!
One of the few shots that was taken of us both.
Now we are making pots for 
The River Cottage Spring Fair.
See you soon.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Fired with new Enthusiasm.

My Plan this year was to buy a new bigger kiln,
we were hoping to get our hands on some grant money
that would pay half the costs.
But the Grant we are told is not going to be available 
until September at the earliest.
It all felt a bit Rubbish for our plans.
But I decided not to worry about it, these things always seem to sort themselves out.

Then a few weeks ago I had a message from Hannah McAndrew
up in Scotland.
There was a secondhand Kiln for sale up in Dumfries.
I checked it out and it was just the kiln I wanted
3 Phase 24" wide 30" Deep 36" Tall

So I Hired a 3.5 Ton truck with a tail lift so we could move it
and my Best Mate Martin came up to Scotland with me for two days
to help me shift it.
I took this video while i was waiting for them to deliver the van.

We stayed up at Hannah's house for the night
and Doug Fitch cooked us a meal.
Thanks Doug.

The sun set was stunning.
I was up bright and early and shot this video at 6am
I could hear the suction pumps from the Dairy farm
but couldn't see it through the mist.

Then we finally got to see the kiln for the first time
it had been made especially
and is made in two halves so it would
fit through the door. 
 Martin set about taking it apart
It looks immaculate.
it turns out to be 24 years old
But Has Only been fired twice in that time.

 The elements were so supple still
that we decided to leave them connected
but just release them from the grooves. 
Getting it out of the door proved to be a little bit tighter
than we expected.
A Stair lift had been installed in the hall way
since the kiln had been installed. 

 We got it back to our workshop 
Normally at this point I would say
 " In one piece"
But actually it was in two bits!
 it took us 8.5 hours to drive it home.
 We put it back together
and we are just about to wire it up.
We have all of the paperwork for it
look at this original Invoice.

I can't wait to start using it.
Yet again we have been blessed.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Limited Edition Leaf Jugs

To Celebrate my inclusion in the New Edition
of British Studio Potters Marks.
I have decided to make 10 only 15” tall
 “Leaf Decorated Harvest Jugs.”
Each jug will be marked with my
 PJ & Barrington stamp & numbered.
They will also come complete with a certificate stating when
 and why the jugs were made.
The Jugs are offered for the special price
 of £100 each
available from mid-April 2015.
You can secure your special jug now with a £50 deposit.
Telephone Paul or Marion at the workshop 01460 249647

Each Jug will be unique and hopefully they will be fired
in a 15cft front loading Electric kiln
I am hoping to get my hands on in April.
more on that later.