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I recently made the decision to move away from 35 years of turning and sculpting wood to explore ceramics, and during the recent Covid lockdowns set myself the challenge of teaching myself the practicalities and alchemy of throwing and glazing clay.
I had been a ceramics enthusiast for many years - throughout my woodworking career my pieces have been hugely inspired by pottery forms and the discipline of throwing clay.
My first wood workshop was next door to the Leach pottery in Muchelney, Somerset, and I was constantly inspired by the contrasts between the delicately controlled, disciplined making process of throwing clay, and the powerful completely unknown elements of the wood fired kilns.
I'm currently working on small batch tableware - tactile forms that sit comfortably in the hand - and bespoke one off pieces with my own wood ash glazes.
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At the moment I am deepening my relationship with clay, and although the making dynamics are very different to wood, it's wonderful to be learning how to communicate with a different material in a very different way, and immerse myself in the spirit and vitality of making a new series of forms.
I'll also be posting occasional blogs and videos to keep anyone interested up to date with my progress.
See my wood work here - www.calderart.co.uk