Since my retirement as an industrial designer, I have undertaken an ongoing apprenticeship in the wonderful and exasperating world of ceramics. I generally try to make larger garden pieces which bring their own challenges, such as how big can a gooey piece of clay be before it collapses under its own weight? Or, how big can it be before I can’t lift it into the kiln?
Most of my work is hand built and figurative (people or animals), but I also really like doing portraits. Portraits can be quite difficult but to see a likeness and expression emerging from the clay is very rewarding.
Many of my pieces have an element of silliness, and I spend a fair bit of time chuckling to myself in the studio as pieces take shape ….it must seem quite odd if a visitor happens by.
Larger sculptural pieces can take a long time to dry sufficiently for firing, and as a generally impatient person I have had more than my fair share of disasters through firing too soon, or firing too quickly, but I am slowly learning the art of patience.
All in all, it’s a great way to spend my time.