I just wanted to write about our open studios here at Beaverhall Arts Studios last weekend. For me it was an accumulation of all of the work I’ve been doing, besides teaching in the studio, since I left my full time technicians job at the Edinburgh Academy. There was a great response to my work Read more about Beaverhall Open Studios[…]
Finally getting some cups made in the studio today. The design is inspired by 18th Century Japanese nabeshima porcelain. The big difference is that mine is machine made by a Canadian living in Scotland in the 21st Century. I guess its going to be different enough then. Nabeshima is a well known Arita porcelain with Read more about New cup production[…]
Bart and Craig at fullscrn.co.uk have made a great video about us to promote why we make ceramics at Cyan Clayworks, and also showcase their skills in film making, sound, and video post production. Really happy with the result although it is very strange to see and hear my voice recorded.
I’ve got my first commission for the new jigger jolley machine through an illustrator friend Susie. She wants some beakers with very straight sides to accommodate digital transfers of her work. I have found that quite a few illustrators diversify their work through printing, textiles, and ceramics. I explained to her that I would only Read more about Working in and through plaster[…]
I’ve decided that I really need to focus on my wn practice and to help grow our classes at Cyan Clayworks so I have left my position at the school I was working in. We got in touch with a mutual a friend Susie O’Byrne in Glasgow that wanted rid of a jigger/jolley machine. It Read more about In the studio full time[…]
Well, I’ve had a couple days off from the school and so I’ve been at the studio making pots…. It took all of yesterday to clean down my space from working with red earthenware but moving back to porcelain feels like the right thing to do. I’m feeling quite happy with the forms of the Read more about Porcelain[…]
I wanted to make a glaze that I’ve used in various capacities work better as I was having some problems with it. This meant that I had to go back and figure out why. I got the glaze from Linda Arbuckle’s site. She is the queen of Maiolica. I went through my copy of Val Read more about White Opaque Glaze Testing[…]
I’ve deliberated over this decision for the last couple of months and it has really slowed down my practice and put me into a bit of a rut. I’ve made the decision to return to a higher temperature technology for a lot of reasons but mostly for durability. There is also I feel a Read more about From earthenware to stoneware[…]