Category Archives: Demonstrations

“Throw a Pot” at Art in Clay, Hatfield House

We braved a hot sun and gusty breeze setting up last Thursday for Art in Clay at Hatfield House. The event ran from Friday through to Sunday evening. The “Throw a Pot” Marquee was manned by five of us, Ruby Sharp (leader), Eddie Kent, Steve Ellis, Lutz Krainhoefner and myself. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey are talented potters and all had a wonderful variety of ceramic art on show. We worked hard but had time for some fun, perhaps most memorable was Eddie in the role of a five year old so that Ruby could demonstrate her technique to us! I am not sure what I expected, but we worked pretty solidly throughout the three days, giving the eager public a chance to try their hand at throwing. All ages came, from little ones on their parent’s knee to those that needed help on and off the seat. Ability also varied… a memorable experience for me was a young chap who was blind but keen to learn how to throw.

Ruby

Ruby

Lutz

Lutz

Steve

Steve

Eddie

Eddie

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…and Carol

First attempts - some of the impressive results!

First attempts – some of the impressive results!

It was great to see so many friends in the ceramic/pottery community and I hope I have the opportunity to take part again. Here are a few more of Chris’s images from the event:

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Chiltern Arts Festival, 28-29 June

I spent this weekend at Chiltern Open Air Museum for the Chiltern Arts Festival. Richard and I set up a glazing workbench and the Raku kiln which enabled us to produce more animal sculptures as well as demonstrate the process to onlookers. Although the mixed weather – thundery showers punctuated with some sunshine – may have discouraged big crowds, the event kept us busy answering questions from a steady stream of curious visitors.

Getting pieces out of the kiln in the rain was challenging and as the picture shows, this was a two-person operation with umbrellas needed to prevent water damaging the work. The Pimms tent and live jazz from the Green nearby helped to prevent stress levels getting too high!

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Another hare cools to crackle the glaze while being protected from the rain. Not ideal conditions for watching the process!

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The hare emerges from the wood shavings prior to final cooling and clean-up

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Glazed cow waits on the glazing bench for the next kiln run

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Completed guinea fowl pose for a portrait (see picture of work in progress in the final BoS posting on 26 June)