I first learnt to throw as part of my teaching degree and have returned to ceramics in retirement. I attended evening classes and have taken several workshops to refresh and further develop my skills. I have a home studio in St Ives and fire in an electric kiln.
Having originally used porcelain I have loved its purity and smoothness ever since. However, for the timebeing I am working in white earthenware, throwing small, mostly decorative pieces which may be altered, incised, carved or pierced, and have coiled or textured slab additions. Themes are drawn from features of the natural world - the sea, sky, shells and plants. Colours from the green/blue palette are achieved through copper and cobalt washes which are airbrushed on before bisque firing to 1100oC. These pieces are then glazed with a glossy transparent glaze and fired to 1140oC and some have gold lustre highlights before a third firing to 850oC.
In contrast I am also exploring decoration using black slip and sgraffito designs.
I particularly enjoy becoming totally absorbed in the various decorative processes, which is by far the most time consuming aspect of my work.