We set up the exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted today. It is looking good. Peter’s lovely landscapes and portraits on the wall and the ceramics of Chantal, Chris, Jeremy, Richard and I around the gallery. The exhibition starts tomorrow, February 16th.
Richard and I will be demonstrating this Friday, February 19th, from 10am for a couple of hours. We will be making some of our Raku animals. Peter Keegan will also be demonstrating his painting skills. Hope to see some of you there.
Busy most of Friday with “Throw a Pot” customers….
This year’s Art in Clay at Hatfield House has so far been blessed with sunshine and hazy blue skies. Once again I have joined a group of five potters running the “Throw a Pot” tent. For a small fee of £2 we help anyone from 2 to 92 years of age to have a go. Such fun and amazingly grateful customers. Everyone goes home with a pot, however it looks!
…but there was time for a few short breaks during the day
Hatfield House is a lovely venue for the event. The grounds are huge – we managed to get lost in the one way system on set-up day, getting on the wrong side of The Lady of the House! The exhibitor tents house the main show, however the “Throw a Pot” potters also have their own work on display.
View from the display
Jeremy shows a customer how to make a……. can you see what it is yet?
I’ll be there all weekend, with Richard looking after the display. So please come and see us between10am and 5.30pm on Sat or 10am and 5pm on Sunday.
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. They 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.
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:
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!
Another hare cools to crackle the glaze while being protected from the rain. Not ideal conditions for watching the process!
The hare emerges from the wood shavings prior to final cooling and clean-up
Glazed cow waits on the glazing bench for the next kiln run
Completed guinea fowl pose for a portrait (see picture of work in progress in the final BoS posting on 26 June)
Short notice, but with the forecasters suggesting the warmest day of the year so far we will be heating things up a bit more at Broomfield Farm with a Raku firing. Come along to see the process in action and have a go yourself!