Having returned to pottery after a very long lay off, I have been keen to resurrect some of the material skills and techniques of my early potting days.  One project is experimenting once more with the making of ash glazes.  Having a woodburning stove and a collection of fruit trees makes things a lot easier than plodding around old allotment bonfires with a wheelbarrow and spade as I once did.   I am working with wood ash, but plan to expand and trial ash from a variety of plant sources.  I wash the ash and then dry and sieve it before preparing a glaze mix.  It is all very trial and error, and I have produced a lot of test pieces in my search for glazes that please me.

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It is all about the testing 

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I live in a very geologically diverse county,within a 20 mile radius of my home there are rocks formed by ancient volcanoes,glaciers,deserts and warm shallow seas;the latter being rich in fossils.My aim is to reflect this in my work,and so I experiment and use these materials in a variety of ways.There is a wide range of clays ,and these I use both  for producing pots and in the making of glazes and applied decoration. It is always try and try again.

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Sometimes you get lucky and it works well first time.

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I work mostly with thrown wares ,which I sometimes alter to mirror the original source . Glazes and slips are layered,again aiming to reflect the materials in their natural state.Materials are also applied directly onto the wet glazed surface to give texture.

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