Sunday, 15 February 2015

Large Leaf Jug and workshop revamp

Over the past few weeks I have been working on this tall
leaf resist jug

at this time of year picking good leaves is very difficult
so in the end I printed some off the computer
and cut each one out.

This was a commission for a Lady in our Village on Valentines day
and Marion wrote some nice words
just below the handle
We hope to be doing more of this kind of work this year.

Also this year we felt our workshop space wasn't working as well
as it should.
Marion didn't have her own work station, which was just
plain wrong. So I came up with a better plan. 

It meant a total re design of the barn.
So we re arranged our shelving to sit along the side wall

 Then we built a low wall in the middle of the floor
 and we set about creating two work stations
 I've got mine up and running, but Marion is going to wait 
until we can afford a new wheel to set up her station. 
 It actually feels much better to defined areas to work.
The big long table that was in the middle is now  turned
45 degrees at the back of the workshop
which works much better when we are glazing.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Art in Clay Hatfield 2015 and other shows in 2015

Our great start to 2015 continues with
our first attempt at applying for a stall at
Art in Clay
Hatfield House 3rd 4th & 5th July 2015.
I think I attended the very first show
as a visitor and I've been a regular visitor over the years.

We have also gained a stall at
Earth & Fire 26th 27th 28th  June 2015
Rufford Abbey

We shall be getting up to more mischief
with the potters games.
We are also going to be at two shows at
River Cottage this Year
the first is the Spring Fair in 23rd & 24th May 2015

We also have
the Taunton Flower show 7th & 8th August 2015
This is a great show with lots to do and see.

Salisbury Craft Fair
5th & 6th September 2015

So we have a great year of shows to look forward to.
Looks like it's going to be a busy year.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Country Homes & Interiors Magazine February 2015

The February Edition of 
Country Homes & Interiors Magazine
Came out today with a nice article about us.
What a Great start to 2015.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Planning Pots for 2015

I'm starting to think about the pots
I'm going to make next Year.
So I've been looking back at some of the pots I made this Year
and Picking out the ones that gave me the most pleasure.
I did love making this large two handled dish.
So these are on the making list for 2015.

I made these Devon Jugs for the National Trust
and every time I come to make them I put it off
and off, I always doubt myself that I can make them.
But I did love looking at them when I had finished.

The other thing I love is Dribbles on pots
a natural dribble on a dish tells a part of the story, 
Over the past few months I've been trying to wipe these off
but I don't like doing it, so next year if the slip dribbles
it's staying put.
To me it gives the pot a freshness and enhances it character.

I also made a couple of Large Bread Crocks, both were a challenge
but I want to make two new designs next year and have them as a 
regular item in the showroom.

This Year my aim was to make more jugs & I achieved that
I made a lot more jugs including these 
water jugs for our Wedding.
So these are on the list. 
Pancheons have proved to be one of my favorite pots to make
but this next Year I'm going to makes lots of different styles.

I also made this very large jug for the Ladies in the Village
and I want to make more Large jugs in this style
as long as I can do the form justice.

Whenever I start looking for inspiration I always turn to my
Michael Cardew books!
And this Year they have set me on the path for 2015.
I haven't made teapots for at least 4 Years
and I've been reading about them in the potters Bible that is
"Pioneer Pottery"
To Quote If that's Ok
" A Potter will make more friends, and find sterner critics, through
his teapots than from any of his other productions."
So I'm going to put my neck on the line and have a go.

 These were some of my last attempts 6 years ago.
I'm only going to make small ones
and only ones I want to make!
so that I'm not under any pressure to make what someone else
wants rather than what I want to make.
Happy New Year to you all.
I'm getting itchy fingers already!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Merry Christmas to One & All

What an Amazing Year we have had.
I got to Marry the Woman of my Dreams.

 This has been the Highlight of my Life
 We have had a great Year of Sales
and Now it's time to put our feet up.
and take a few weeks off.
and come back
Refreshed and re vitalized.
Thank You to all of our Friends for a great 2014.
all the best for 2015.
Paul & Marion

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Barrington Pottery Heading up the National Trust Artisan & Craft Selection.

We have been working hard on a range of pots
for the National Trust.
The idea is that they will be available in 5 shops 
and available on line
here is a link to the online shop
it went Live last weekend and they have already placed
a re stocking order within 3 days.
so as you can imagine we are very pleased with that.

Last week we also felt that we just had to go and see the Ceramic poppies in London.

It is an amazing installation and we are both glad we made the effort
to go and see them.

I had gone thinking I would be quite moved by it all
as I'm that type of guy.
But it didn't feel like that.
I think with so many people it didn't give you
the space to sit quietly and reflect. 
 To me it seemed to feel like death had become a spectator sport.
I'm not knocking it in any way, the idea and the installation
is totally amazing.

Back in the workshop the New Cider beakers are proving to be a hit.

We have done our photo shoot for 
Country Homes & Interiors Magazine
here's one of the shots that I took when the photographer was here
 We have now seen a copy of the article and pictures that will be used.
I hasten to add this isn't one of them!

 We will be featured in the February 2015 issue.
and here is a start of our Christmas decorations for the showroom.
So as ever it's all go
we finally get some time off 
between Christmas & New Year.