Preview Gallery December 2016

Hamish Jackson’s pots

It seems like this has been a short cycle of making pots and it’s hard to believe we’re already having a sale. We had an excellent firing, the best that I’ve seen since being at the Hewitt Pottery. The weather wasn’t as cold as usual, but it was a very windy day. We managed to get the kiln nice and hot and reduced, front to back, which helps the glazes come out bright and sparkly. We’ve been working with the new indigenous granite glazes in the salt kiln and getting some satisfying results. I’ve appreciated being able to try out new shapes, like little cruets for olive oil and teapots, whose spouts present a new type of challenge. I’ve expanded to making larger mixing bowls and planters, too. It’s been really nice working with Stillman Browning-Howe and seeing him develop his skills, and witnessing his obvious delight in first batch of ginger jars.

Stillman Browning-Howe’s pots

I’ve loved clay and the process of creating things out of it for as long as I can remember. Spending my summers as a kid playing with clay, I’m now growing to love it more and more. Although I’ve only been an apprentice for eight months, I’ve been working at the studio for just over a year. When I first started throwing, I struggled with half pound custard cups, now I’m loving making small jars, and next cycle I’m excited to try new techniques and and even larger vessels.

PREVIEW Firing 96 – December 2016

This was a very special firing. You’d think after 96 of them that we’d have it all figured out, but there are so many variables to get right each time that it’s surprising anything ever comes out well. So, when you’ve got good clay, and you focus your skills in each moment of each day’s production, and the pots flow sweetly, and the glazing and decorating of each pot is deft and inspired, and you keep dreaming and taking some risks along the way, and you’ve got a fine crew (that’s you Hamish and Stllman!), and the loading goes well, and the reduction is heavier than it usually is, and no calamities befall as you fire, and the final temperature is good and hot, and the cooling cycle is just right, and you don’t drop the pots in your excitement as you unload the kiln, and you admire their complexity as you clean and wash them, and finally, proudly, you put them on the shelves in the barn, all fresh and gleaming, well, that’s a good firing.
Now it’s your turn to admire them!
We look forward to seeing you this weekend and next.