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Studio update: Sunday 12th December 2021

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I have lately been concentrating on plates. I have a long-standing commission for dinner plates from some friends at work.

They have been kind enough to patiently wait while my skills develop towards the task. I have somewhat mastered bread plates and side plates after a lot of practice, although I have not really refined or elaborated upon a basic shape as yet. However, I have been able to give them character with slip and glazes.

Dinner plates

Aiming for dinner plates with a finished size of 10.5 inches is a whole new challenge. So far I have 3 that have made it through the trimming stage and dried to bone dry. It remains to be seen how they will be perform at the glazing and stoneware firing stage.

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Curved plate

I have also just began trying a different plate style/shape with a higher profile, a slightly curved interior and a more upstanding rim. So far two ‘salad plate’ sized prototypes.


Two-part plate

I have also been attempting to make a bespoke hump mold this week which I hope to use for some plates requested by a good friend. I have been mulling over this project a long time with a few false starts so it would be nice to make some progress.

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A range of work

Finally this week, I was lucky enough to have a visit from a friend and work colleague yesterday. She came to see the studio and tried her hand on the wheel. She did amazingly well and I will be firing her first pot in the next firing. Her visit also gave me an excuse to display some of my current work.

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