I’m just taking a break from starting to sort out and clean my studio ready for this year’s Christmas Exhibition. This year, alongside a selection of my Anagama fired pots, there will be landscape paintings and drawings by Carmen Ambrozevich, prints by Anna Davis and some of Ralph Curry’s green-turned wooden bowls.
I will also have some prints by Erica Wimbush, some of Eileen Munroe’s paintings and most likely a few pieces by glass artist Marta Sienkiewicz.
The exhibition is open on Saturday and Sunday, 1st/2nd December, 10am-4pm.
This year, my pre-Christmas selling exhibition will be on Saturday and Sunday, 1st/2nd December. My studio at 27 High Street, Dunbar will be open both days from 10am to 4pm.
Along with a selection of stoneware and porcelain pots from my anagama kiln, there will be a range of green-turned wooden bowls by Ralph Curry, landscape drawings and paintings by Carmen Ambrozevich and prints by Anna Davis.
After an uncomfortable day spent crouched in the firebox, I have finally squeezed the last few pots into the kiln, and have started bricking up the wicket. This being the ninth firing of my anagama kiln, one might think that the stacking process would become easier. On the contrary, much head scratching and pondering have been involved in trying to figure out how to make best use of what remains a hugely awkward internal space to fill, not helped by having too many stupidly large platters and tall bottles competing for prime positions. If and when I build another kiln, it will have a simple, uniform section with vertical walls and a sprung arch.
People always struggle to understand how it can take quite so long to pack the kiln. But this is the time in my production cycle when the tension between control and uncertainty feels greatest. Even with all the thought put into choosing which pot to put where -seeking to make the most economical use of space whilst visualising how the flames will flow through the kiln to flash the pot surfaces and deposit fly-ash- and despite the painstaking care put into building each shelf stack and wadding and supporting each individual pot, ready for its transformation from clay to ceramic, there are many variables beyond my control that will determine the outcome.
My current plan is to start firing on 5th October, finishing sometime in the evening of Sunday 7th October. Visitors welcome by arrangement.