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Back to the wheel… a wood firing beckons.
After a summer of gallivanting, there’s plenty to muse over. Lots of rocks… lots of patterns, and what colours!
It’s showtime – real life and in person (so far)!! Busy getting displays sorted and packing the car. It’s amazing what you can fit into a VW Golf!! This is what’s coming this month. Click on the link to buy the advance tickets you will need.
Celebrating Ceramics 16-18 July 2021 Waterperry Gardens, Oxford Tickets – £10
Sheffield Ceramics Festival (now at Kelham Island Museum) 24-25 July 2021 – £2 (we love a bargain here in Sheff!)
Potfest in the Pens, Penrith, 30th & 31st of July & 1st August, 2021 – £5
A pit firing in preparation for show season… rapidly approaching!
Some of the results from the last woodkiln firing.
I’m working on some larger pieces, using calligraphic mark-marking, in preparation for summer shows…
A sudden flurry of exhibition dates – hopefully mostly in-person events…
Earthworks Exhibition at Water Street Gallery, Todmorden 28 March – 6 June 2021
Bonsall Arts Trail online exhibition, 3-4 April 2021
Sheffield Ceramics Festival (now at Kelham Island Museum) 24-25 April 2021
Celebrating Ceramics 16-18 July 2021 Waterperry Gardens, Oxford
Potfest in the Pens, Penrith, 30th & 31st of July & 1st August, 2021
Work also on ‘permanent’ display at Gallery 6, Newark, part of Northern Potters Association
You never know what you’ll get from a pit fire. Here’s a colourful set where you can really see the flames licking the pieces ! Happy Christmas!
This pit firing produced a beautiful, monochrome clutch of beauties, including some cool Christmas decorations!
Infinite skies ‘votive’ bowl, porcelain with copper 23cm high x 29cm wide cm high £150. Stand is separate, but included.
I have had a couple of pieces of work accepted at the (online) Thrown Contemporary exhibition in London, 19 November – 24 January. Things move fast online… it used to take several months to plan and apply for exhibitions. I applied for this less than a week ago! And Fired, New Directions, is still running at Gallery 6, Newark too.
A bevy of lovely woodfired stoneware from the latest manor Kiln firing is available to buy. This time it’s mugs, cups and bowls, and a few vases.
The results of a 4 day course, led by Brendan Hesmondhalgh at the Sculpture Lounge in Holmfirth – I learned a lot, and did a lot – 2 large prices and some small ‘maquettes’.
Exciting! My vases went on a floral photoshoot organised by florist @erinhoggard and beautifully shot by @jwhorner (instagram).
A soggy wood firing, but with textbook temperature rise, and some very pleasing results of my new celadon glazes. I’ve been playing with food friendly glazes and now have about 7 ranging from yellow through green to blue, and black. I’m also enjoying the no-glaze effect too!
Lots of throwing this month – back to porcelain.
A Covid affair… Socially distanced etc but great to get to the Manor Kiln again. Windy and cold at kick off but it led to quite a fast firing in the end. A pretty successful firing for everyone! See what’s on offer from this firing on my For Sale page.
Some test pieces for wood fired domestic stoneware – very shiny black tenmoku with a lovely speckled red that’s occasionally peeps through. Thanks to at @stevebooton for firing them.
Trying out some new hand built forms.
First pit firing of the year and it was a good one! Tred out new ingredients and flames were spectacular!
It took 3 weeks to get the kiln fired while 2 weekend storms rocked the UK, and even then it was still windy!. We got some pretty goood results though, and mine will be on show at the Hepworth and Bonsall Arts Trail in May and April – see Events for more info.
Packing the wood kiln, then an agonising week wait for storm Ciara to pass.
New year, new directions! Working on going large. Using the same simple forms and applying brushwork inspired by calligraphic and natural forms. Destined for the wood kiln soon, along with the usual wood kiln ‘special effects’ finishes that I love so much..
Claire Allam Ceramic Art
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