Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Now available from Mostly Manx, 25 Nelson street Douglas
(between the entrance to M&S car park and Natwest)

Still available directly from the studio too! Please e-mail to make an appointment.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Flower Studio, St Johns.
I bought some manx Chrysanthemums,
 but it was very hard to decide!
If I wasn't potter, I would like to be a....
Florist (or a Zebra).

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

 Pictures from the Isle of Man Food and Drink festival 2010.
 (I know I'm pulling a funny face,
 but I clearly didn't know at the time)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Autum is here

Well at least it's in Bishop's Court Glen

In parliament, the Minister of Mists
and Mellow Fruitfulness announces,
that owing to inflation and rising costs
there will be not Autumn next year.
September, October and November
are to be cancelled,
and the Government is to bring in
the nine-month year instead,
Thus we will all live longer.
"Just another Autumn day" by Roger McGough
(amused me anyway)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Like christmas at Hogwarts

The finished pots from the Southern and Royal Manx agricultural shows waiting to be delivered. Strewn with paper packages tied up with string, my studio looks like Hogwarts at Christmas.

Blossom bowl

Some times when I make something, I find things that remind me of it everywhere! Like backwards inspiration.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Before and afters simples

Bill trays for the wonderful new 14 North Restaurant on Douglas quay. Showing the biscuit fired trays with glaze applied before and after firing.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Brand new cup and saucer design! Will show you what it looks like when it's fired. The kiln's behaving again (for the moment).

Here are the results of the swiss jourey (yes, like the Eurovision Song Contest).

I watched the cones I placed in the glaze firing through the spy hole and saw them go over at 1250 degrees. The following firing went at 1240 degrees but the glazes look very unusual indeed! Last night I whacked the kiln on (with cones to see what really happened) to fire the 1250 and went to bed. I've had enough stressing over kilns. So will find out very late tonight if it's worked.

Although I turned the kiln off at 1250 I think all that over firing had damaged the elements so much one actually melted! I presume it arched because the coils were lying so flat and the concentrated current made it into a puddle.

I spent the weekend repairing the element and it is firing again but still not correctly. Time to phone pottery crafts!
This week's mantra is: If it can go wrong, it will go wrong! (But if you're not sure why it's gone wrong it's probably the kiln)

My fantasticly hard working little kiln has finally worked too hard! Little glaze blisters started to appear in the odd mug here and there last week until we had a full blown over firing. Warped and blistered pots a-go-go. So with the help of a very wize and genrous friend I borrowed a set of Orton pyrometric cones and set out to find out what was happening!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

13th and 14th August is the Royal Manx Show, come find me in the craft tent.

Monday, July 26, 2010

One week off a year! So we took the boat to Liverpool and headed south, 500 miles south, all the way to St Ives, until we couldn't get any further away. But before we had to turn round and drive all the way back again, we stumbeled accross the Leach Pottery (we knew it was there but we were looking for the beach) now I'm desperate to build a kiln and a wooden kick wheel! I subjected poor Julian to so much ceramics I may not be allowed another holiday.

The picture perfect St Ives.

A mega climbing Kiln in The Leach Pottery in St Ives.

A very busman's holiday!