Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Barrington Pottery Blog Back on Track

Once again apologies for the infrequent blog posts since May
But I have today finally got my computer a new keyboard !
I was at the brink of buying a new Laptop
and it's at moments like that when you are just about to spend
a lot of money that you start to think outside the Box.
A new laptop was going to set me back somewhere in the region
of £500 - £1500 as the more I looked at them the more I was
trying to convince myself that the really expensive one was what I needed.
Of course it wasn't !
If I have learnt one thing over the past 9 years as a Potter
It's that it's not about throwing money at things
it's about making do with what you have to hand.
So in a moment of inspired inspiration I did a Google search for a 
wireless Keyboard
I feel like a genius I have solved my problems
kept my computer and made it fully functional again all for 
a total outlay of only £8.89   

 Art in Clay is coming up this weekend I'll be sure to take plenty
of pictures and update you on our stall and how we get on.

We had a bit of fun sorting out a new profile picture of me required by a local
 We spent ages trying to set the shot up, changing positions so
 we could both see what was the best angle. 
 We had some Fun, and in the end Marion got a nice shot
of me at the wheel.
With Art in Clay looming I've been trying to 
make some more lidded jars
 I Do love making pots with lids, the challenge of making a 
really good fitting lid, must be something to do with my dad
being an engineer he's no longer with us
he died 25 years ago, but every time I make a good fitting lid
I think Dad would appreciate that.
 A recent trip to the antique alley in Bridport Dorset
unearthed some interesting old Pancheons
 And it reiterates what I say when people say they can buy an old one
( you never know what's been in it )? 
 I must admit I was tempted by the three dogs
for the showroom!
 I did actually resist them, but if there still there when I go back
those puppies are Mine! 
We have had plenty of firings in the smaller kilns
but I have had two back to back in the larger kiln with pots for
I went back in to the workshop late one night just to check
as it was about to finish.
and it's nice when you feel your dedication pays off
as it proved to be a really nice firing.

 Yes they are still plain and simple but the richness of the glaze
makes you just want to pick them up and stroke them.
 So simple yet so nice.
 and I know my Dad would have loved this Ginger jar shaped pot
as he also loved ginger.
 So our stall will have pots that I am very proud of
and our stall will very much reflect what we are all about
at Barrington Pottery
We are very much about to take Barrington Pottery
to Hertfordshire
where for me it all began.


Sunday, 6 August 2017

The Pottery Show season is in full swing 2017

Apologies for the long gap between blog posts 
the keyboard on my blog laptop decided it would give up,
my P's & T's had ground to a halt, which made for some
interesting reading if you didn't check it !
I thought I would start with a few work in progress pics.
I'm still not happy with my little Tea Pots
but they will happen!

 Our Cottage is looking good this summer 

We both loved this Harvest jug
It inspired us to try some small ones
These little chaps were thrown using 2lbs of clay
I really enjoyed throwing the full bellied shape
I then handed them over to Marion to work her magic 
on the design 

We were both pleased with the outcome 
and are planning more.

Even if it does go against the grain, it's nice to work 
on pots together. 
Of course you always need a little down time 
and since it's almost a year since we lost Cadbury 
we never miss a chance to meet other peoples dogs.

 Barrington Village held a very successful open Gardens event 
in July
and in the evening I got chatting to Mr Robin Wild,
( he's he second chap)
 who it turned out went to Chelsea school of Art
with Seth Cardew and they were great friends.
 We went into full Country mode for our stall at 
Earth and Fire.
I even borrowed a piece of trellis from the garden centre 
as I couldn't fit it in the car!

 We took a weeks Holiday in the sun in Portugal 
and then we were straight back in it.

 The showroom has plenty of stock
and we are making pots for Art in Clay
it's at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire 
and we would love to see You!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Time to start planning for the show season.

Show Time is fast approaching
it's that time of year when you have to think about how you
want to present yourself to the world!
The great thing about doing shows is that people get to discover
 you for the first time and I love that.
and existing customers that follow you on social media
get to meet you and get their hands on pots they have watched being
 developed over the previous months.
This year we are doing three shows the first of which is 
Earth & Fire

It's at a new venue this year so that should be interesting
it's at the Harley Gallery and grounds
  S80 3LW
I have checked on the map and it's about 20 mins from the Rufford Abbey site.
I am also Demonstrating on the Sunday a 12 Noon
My title is 
" Sane people quit".

Last year we took more decorated pots than ever before
but we had a poor show.

So this year we are sticking to our plain and simple ranges
making sure we take plenty of pie dishes and ramekins.
pancheons are still one of my signature pieces.

We are still making time for ourselves out of the Pottery.

We took time out to visit 
Agatha Christie's house, which we both absolutely adored. 

But that hasn't stopped me making some new pots with more decoration
as they seem to be selling well in the showroom.

These little jugs are a joy to make.
I have just made another 12 and a new batch of black slip
so I'm looking forward to showing you those.
I'm not sure why, but this Year more than any other, people are telling me that
they love my pots, I'm not complaining in fact it's quite
a boost to the soul.
This 14" bowl seems to have created quiet a strong reaction
it's  just the Simplicity !
strange then that with the Old English White
doing so well that I am so excited about my new black pots.
let's hope you like them.
If you come to one of the shows
Please come and say Hello!

Monday, 27 March 2017

The Pottery Throw Down has been inspiring people!

I recently reached the point with our last order when all I could do
was wait for the kiln to cool down.
Which gave me the chance to clean down the workshop and sort out my
throwing batts.
It's always nice to get ready for a new start.
 Marion does all of the packaging, she enjoys making sure they 
will survive their journey.
 It's a lot of packing most pots are 4 to a box and this time we delivered 
170 boxes !

We are so lucky that we can work well as a team 
we certainly put the hours in when it's necessary .

And our good friends Martin and Wendy lend us one of their vans.

some of our other friends send us pictures of our pots on display 
at National Trust properties.
So it's time to start making more stock for the showroom and building 
up pots for our three big shows this year.

I saw this and thought how simple is that ?

And here is something I was taught when I was in sales 
in  sales talk they basically say
your only as good as your last sale!
in pottery terms your only as good
as your last pot!

I put this one in because since the Pottery Throw Down 
has been on the television I've had a number of people telling me 
they want to be potters, and this would be a part of my advice.

I would add that you do actually need some talent !

I am pleased to report that we are sticking to our plans 
for playing as hard as we work ! 

mixed with a little R & R

and the odd afternoon tea.

 I liked this! 
and the two Pancheons in this picture should be in
New York  by lunchtime .

Barrington Pottery Blog Back on Track

Once again apologies for the infrequent blog posts since May But I have today finally got my computer a new keyboard ! I was at the bri...