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October evening pinch/press pot making at Tremadog, Gwynedd

john ayling

I made the most of a fine autumn evening and set off for Tremadog (my favourite climbing spot about twenty years ago), with a lump of clay, a pot of clay powder and brush; a couple of wooden tools; a flask of tea and a packet of Garibaldis. 

The way in to Craig Pant Ifan . . .

The way in to Craig Pant Ifan . . .

Looking up to the distant crag of slanting slabs with overhangs.

Looking up to the distant crag of slanting slabs with overhangs.

Clay powder, clay and wooden tools.

Clay powder, clay and wooden tools.

Two pinch pots.

Two pinch pots.

One of the pinch pots has been pulled up...

One of the pinch pots has been pulled up...

...and the other.

...and the other.

And three hours later, after pressing and shaping (it was nearly dark at 7pm, this was an 8 second exposure).

And three hours later, after pressing and shaping (it was nearly dark at 7pm, this was an 8 second exposure).

These will be 'guinomi' - saki cups, or shot-cups, with carved footrings. It was too dark to carve the feet with the wooden tools so I wrapped the pots in a slightly damp tea towl and felt my way back down over the boulders.

These will be 'guinomi' - saki cups, or shot-cups, with carved footrings. It was too dark to carve the feet with the wooden tools so I wrapped the pots in a slightly damp tea towl and felt my way back down over the boulders.

Back at the studio . .

Back at the studio . .

. . after carving the feet into the leather hard clay.

. . after carving the feet into the leather hard clay.

Norton Priory Quince and Apple Fayre October 2015

john ayling

Another brilliant day yesterday at the home of the National Quince Collection for their annual autumn fayre. Over 40 children had a turn on the wheel, some for the third year running; some great trainee potters ! Apples and Quince, honey, cakes and bakes etc. for sale and lots to do and see in the Victorian walled gardens.

Wilfred's turn, Hannah watching and waiting.

Wilfred's turn, Hannah watching and waiting.

Wardlow Mires potsandfood September 2015

john ayling

A lovely friendly event run by Pat Fuller of the Three Stags Heads, in the Derbyshire Dales not too far from Chesterfield. Its all about the table - about 50 potters with their tableware and small scale food producers. My most popular items were my noodle-soup/soup/stew bowls; quite large and deep, ash-glazed inside and ash washed outside. I mix quite a bit of gathered gritstone grit into the clay for these bowls and sponge the outsides when leather-hard to reveal the grit. This gives an interesting surface and good feel to the bowls.

Next years potsandfood event is 12th and 13th September... see www.potsandfood.co.uk

Chatting with Dad.

Chatting with Dad.