Thursday, 17 November 2011

Getting ready for Farnham Art in Clay

It's been a busy week with finishing work and loads of glazing. At last I have almost everything glazed - there is hardly a bisque pot left in the studio. I won't be amassing work to glaze again it was not a good way of working. Though strangely, with my studio now full of glazed work, it does look as though I have produced quite a large stock of work, especially as my work is so time consuming.
Last Saturday I visited The British Museum. The tile at the top is a medieval one that I particularly like. The pots are all out of the kiln this morning. I used a grogged clay for these which I don't usually do. It felt like drawing on sandpaper when I did the sgraffito so I was concerned that they might look rough but infact there is almost no visible difference between these and those in the smooth clay.
I had gone to the British Museum to see the Greyson Perry exhibition. I had very little time in the exhibition as I hadn't realised I should have booked and had to wait 2 hours to go in, though I was fortunate to have the last ticket. This meant that the two chaps who accompanied me couldn't see the GreysonPerry me but still waited for me. ( They didn't even pretend to be disappointed at not getting tickets!)
I was fascinated with the exhibition. I found the exhibits he selected to place along side his work really exciting. I was also captivated with the layers of images he was able to build up on his pots. There was sgraffito, glaze, decals and gold lustre all overlaying each other.
Busy day tomorrow setting up- if you're about in Farnham do call in!


  1. I will see you there Margaret! If you see a tall hairy bugger with a big moustache, don't guard your wares!... it'll be me. Actually be nice to talk about sgraffito and grogged/non-grogged clay!! look forward to seeing all your work and effort. I am skint though, so i will definitely be in the 'potters' camp... any mugs?! you'll only be the second blogger i've ever met.("thank God", you'll say!)

  2. Hello Margaret,

    Gorgeous pots...I'm wondering about the four above. Majolica? Underglaze? Glaze? A combination of all three? How did you create those beautiful illustrations?