Hand Building

I am primarily using hand building techniques to get the desired form. As I am looking at the figure to build a basic form I would like to use a technique that enables that organic feeling. I have chosen to coil build for this reason. Coil building is my preferred building method as I have been practicing making forms this way for the best part of a year now. though I wanted to develop my making technique even further so I have decided to create plaster moulds.

By creating plaster moulds I am able to make a sturdy base to build up on in coils. As my coils used in this process are only small (1cm thick) they are difficult to build up in awkward angles such as the wide slope towards the base.

The reason why I use very thin coils to create my pieces is for accuracy. I find that it is easier to build with smaller coils because I want to know exactly where I need to create a dip, fold or curve in the forms body and with the smaller coils I am able to see gradually how to place the coils so that this effect.






Trip to St. Ives

We had a chance to go on a two day trip to st. Ives with the university. We stopped in Appledor first to see and experience Sandy Brown in her studio. Then to St ives where we first visited the Tate gallery and Hepsworth gallery and gardens. We had a nights rest and the next day we were taken down to see the Bernard leach pottery as well as a talk with Clementina Van Der Walt who was the artist in residency there.


Sandy Brown Studio


This is Sandy Browns traditional Japanese kick wheel.



This picture is taken in Sandy Browns personal studio space in Appledor.

Bernard Leach Pottery


This image was taken in the Bernard Leach studio space. It is a table that helps them efficiently record how many pots are being made, what stage of the firing process they’re going through and who is doing the making.


And here are a few pieces on the racks waiting to be fired.

Barbara Hepsworth

I did not like the Hepsworth gardens. for me I found the work here was actually lost a bit to the garden rather than highlighted by it. I thought that the pieces were just too ornamental, and i found more value in the nature of the garden itself.

Clementine Van Der Walt

The talk with Clementine was quite interesting. It was intriguing to know that she started off putting transfers on ceramics then then developed through the years building up on her practice and getting her name out there and how she travelled to find a better value for her work. I found it quite inspirational and enlightening to learn how one can make her way to the top of her field from nothing.


This little figure was made during a demonstration by Clementine. it was nice to see how she quickly carved this out from a lump of clay.

I thought that the st ives trip was very  helpful towards the ways in which i can further develop my ideas into the future. It was nice to see ceramics in a professional practice first hand, so it gives a further explanation of what to expect in my professional future.

Project Ideas

What defines a bowl?

A bowl is a round deep basin/vessel that is used to contain food or liquid.

I like the idea of stretching out the idea of what it means to create a bowl. Taking something that is a functional piece of tableware but then removing the functional element away and creating decorative piece which still comes under the definition of bowl.

I plan to make figurative pieces. Something that can be linked to part of the human body. I plan to coil build these vessels as coiling results in an organic form that would be very befitting of the figure. I will be looking into life modelling for reference. For the firing process Id like to use the saggar method as firing a pot in natural organic combustibles can leave varied marks that are unpredictable and using the right combustible materials i will be able to render fleshy tones with a neutral organic feel.

Throughout this project I hope to develop both the skills and ideas further for the future.