I spend last week at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet in Hungary on their Porcelain A-Z course.
The centre is a lovely place and I gained further knowledge on model and mould making and got inspiration on some new pieces of works.
The centre is in the middle of Kecskemet and that gave me the opportunity to wander around the town and absorb the atmosphere of this old central European city, with its old cathedral, many churches and synagogue. I also liked to to see the Art Nouveau buildings lining the boulevards.
Here are some photographs I took during my stay.
You can find out more about the International Ceramics Studio (ICS) on their website www.icshu.org
One of my new vessels will be in the ‘Shaped from the Earth‘ show that opens at the Millennium Gallery here in Sheffield this Saturday.
I am happy to be included in this show and I think it will be interesting. Actually I am excited about Saturday when it opens.
The exhibition is curated by Penny Withers, who, like myself, have a studio at Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works. The show include some 28 artists who works in ceramics, all based in Sheffield. Now I do know a lot of potters living in this northern city, but 28!
I can hardly wait to see the diversity of all this ceramics. We all have our own approach to the medium and get inspired by different things around us and work in clay can mean so many different things.
I think it is an inspired idea from the Millennium to let a potter choose the pieces for this show of local makers, working in clay.
It could be a little gem! The show is meant to give a picture of what is being made in Sheffield but it will also probably reflect Penny’s approach to pottery/ceramics.
Come and see for yourself, I am sure all the potters will be there on Saturday.
For a few months I’ve been working on some new pieces of work inspired by British wildflowers.
These have been fired in my wood/soda kiln. The decoration has been inspired from poppies growing everywhere where there is an opportunity.
You find them in gardens, on wast-grounds in the city, in fields. Red, yellow and orange.
Poppies fascinates me, there they are one morning ,gone by evening, next day many more opens up and they stand there, looking so fragile, and add their colours to the environment.
The kiln, my soda/wood kiln has undergone a change in that my previous wood fired kiln had come to its end of its life and I pulled it down.It was replaced with an old, unused electric kiln converted into another wood/soda kiln.
I have as yet only fired it once, and I shall have to make a few changes to it, but I did get some good results.
In the photo my son ,Troels is helping me installing the kiln,
The RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair –16-17 February 2016
On Tuesday and Wednesday 16 & 17 February I will be at the RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair in Vincent Square, London. I will be showing a selection of my handmade garden ceramics, which includes small birdbaths and planters for outdoors.
The larger ceramic planters are ideal for bulbs and other plants which require a deep pot.The smaller planters are suitable for trailing plants and succulents.
My small birdbaths are handmade in stoneware and can be a focal point in any garden.
I have started making porcelain tiles, I shall bring some of them along as well. The tiles can be used to add interest around the house.
All pieces will be available for sale. I hope to see you there.