hand work

Just reading this morning in an article in the wonderful Ceramic Review, and this woman was saying what an odd view people have of potters, and I don’t mean Harry in this case.

Long beards and hippy making chunky tableware, not that there is nothing wrong with a bit of chunky tableware I have some myself.

But the truth is so different. We are an intelligent lot, well dressed, and some of the amazing pots, and sculptures that we come up with are mind blowing, I agree we have to be a bit mad to want to do this.

And I thought it’s just like the view that people have of knitters and spinners, 1970s style hand spun jumpers in earthy sludge brown colours, or knitting things that are about as stylish as a brick.

Neither of these groups seem to have managed to get out into the wider world what wonders there are, whisper thin porcelain vases, the range of colours and finishes the wonder of holding something that is hand made and drinking from it. Merino silk cobweb lace shawls with jewel like colours, intricately cabled socks, knitwear that would rival anything the cat walk could throw at it.

I feel like I have a foot in two camps of under estimated people, who make and do incredible things, who are all supposed to own various cats, and be stuck some where about 1975, but potters, like knitters, are incredible people, warm, generous, and will take time to talk to you over the slightest problem, and give freely of their time and ideas.

I quite like the idea of being sort of out cast in little cleeks of people, after all surrounded by such wonderful friendly people I can’t go wrong, can I?

Socks knitted by Rebecca

Shawlette by Anne

Shawl by Jane

And designed and modeled by Ysolda, who is 25 and from Scotland, and one of this countries best independent designers.

See we are not all middle aged and frumpy!

And the pots.

Jack Doherty, soda fired porcelain and lead potter at St. Ives Leach Pottery

Porcelain jugs glazed in Celadon and Peach Bloom Red glazes by Matthew Blakely.

Two Wheldon ware jugs, by Walter Keeler.

Porcelain thrown ware by Sarah Malone

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