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Making pinch pots

​ A popular little pot that we make are the sea creature pots. They are fun to make, if a little fiddly. Making pinch pots is an ancient pottery technique and one that lives on. A ball of clay, once kneaded, is rolled into a ball and using thumb, forefingers and palm of hand is shaped into a wee pot. I make these nesting pots by measuring out the c...
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Working with galleries

One of the joys and challenges of running your own pottery business is learning how to work with galleries. Each gallery has a different way of working but there is one thing that is consistent and that is the need for communication - finding out who owns the gallery and how they would like to be approached, keeping in touch while working ...
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A work in progress

Building a studioFor a change, instead of a pottery work in progress I thought I would show you the progress of the shed which has taken up so much of our time, energy and money for the last few months – all worth it, I hasten to add!DemolitionFirst things first – getting the old sheds out of the way. Despite the rotten floors, mice nests and smash...
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Gallery spaces

​You might have read in an earlier blog post about my challenge to myself to create a collection of pieces that I was happy with and how delighted I was to have the collection displayed at the lovely Tighnabruaich Gallery. Here is a photo of the pieces all gathered together in a display with my rockpool bowls. I am so pleased to see everything look...
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The big, wide world.

​It's been a lovely weekend here with Cowal Open Studios. You get to meet people both local and from a distance, some wanting to buy gifts, some curious about the pottery process or Chris's driftwood collection. There are all sorts of connections that happen and shared stories and also the interest of meeting artists of other disciplines. One person was a weaver, admiring a very old weaving we have on our wall, and we sent him along to Lorna Morrish-Davison, a local weaver who is also part of COS. It feels like being part of something much bigger than us, a part of the wider world. 

On that note, I thought it would be nice to hear from you - what are your interests? what would you like to be reading about? what arts and crafts do you do? or like to see? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Cowal Open Studios 2016

Cowal Open Studios happens every year in the last weekend of September. we have taken part for a few years and enjoy it every year. The dining room becomes a display space. The pottery and woodshed get a big tidy up. Folks drift in over the four days that it runs but with thirty-nine artists people can't get to every studio. The Cowal Open Studios ...
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