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Has been on sale and display throughout the UK during the past six years. It is currently available through the following Retail outlets - check back often to keep up to date with the latest outlets - it may be on show at a gallery near you soon.

If you know of a gallery or shop which might be suitable for staging a temporary or permanant exhibition, why not recommend kilnworks handmade tableware to them. Or if you are a gallery/shop owner/manager interested in exhibiting kilnworks tableware, then get in touch and contact me.

Function and form come together

The pieces are made in one of two ways

I use the throwing wheel to make the cylindrical pieces (Vases, Sugar Dishes, Jugs and Cups) and the slab building technique for more intricate shapes (Serving Dishes, Tray Sets and Rocking Dishes). Both methods require time and patience:

The throwing wheel: Allows me to form each piece by hand. Once thrown, the pieces are left in a drying room for 24 hours. When they have hardened - but not completely dry - I finish the edges so they are smooth to the touch, this is also when the handles are added to Cups and Jugs.

Studio Pottery Throwing process 1 - Create a clay ball Studio Pottery Throwing process 2 - Place on wheel Studio Pottery Throwing process 3 - Pull the clay up to form the shape Studio Pottery Throwing process 4 - Clean off the top Studio Pottery Throwing process 5 - Clean off the bottom Studio Pottery Throwing process 6 - Remove from the wheel

The slab building process: Involves rolling out clay to an even thickness - usually about 1cm - then cutting shapes, folding, bending, manipulating and finally joining together with slip to form a finished object. These are then left to dry evenly over a period of 7 days - turning regularly.

Studio Pottery Slab building 1 - Roll out the clay Studio Pottery Slab building 2 - Cut out the design Studio Pottery Slab building 3 - Score the edges to be joined Studio Pottery Slab building 4 - Add liquid slip to \'glue\' the join Studio Pottery Slab building 5 - Fit the slabs together Studio Pottery Slab building 6 - Finish the joins then leave to dry

Clay becomes ceramics - becomes tableware

Clay becomes ceramics

The initial designs - once tested, formed, dried and perfected - are ready for the Bisque firing. The Bisque firing irreversibly changes the clay into pottery and tableware. The Kiln is loaded and fires the pots at a temperature of 1150°C for approx. 10 hours. At this point the pots are still porous and will not hold liquid.

Studio Pottery Glazing process 1 - Dip the vessels carefully into the glaze mixture Studio Pottery Glazing process 2 - Pour off any excess glaze

Ceramics becomes tableware

For practical and decorative purposes, once the Cups, Jugs, Serving Dishes and Tray Sets have been Bisque fired, cooled and received a final quality check, they are then dipped in an even coat of liquid glaze and allowed to dry. The Kiln is fired again, this time to a slightly cooler 1050°C for approx. 14 hours. This gives each piece a durable, water resistant and shiney glazed finish.

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