107…A ceramic exhibition in Dieppe

by frances doherty on April 22, 2014

A few months ago I helped a work experience students to make a large pot. Last week I finally had room to put the glazed pot into the kiln….and here’s how it turned out.

Boadie's pot

Boadie’s pot

I’m really pleased with how it has turned out on the whole. It was made to replace a terracotta pot of similar size that got broken. This one being made of stoneware should be tougher. It will hold all of my flour, bread and nuts and keep the pesky mice out.

On my way back to Brighton for the easter weekend I popped into a ceramic exhibition in Dieppe. I found a few things that I liked there.

Anne Gosselin

Anne Gosselin

This piece is by a potter who also lives in the same village as me. I’ve always admired this piece as technically it is very tricky to get a large, flat piece of clay to fire as this piece has, without warping or collapsing. It depicts a service to the fishermen lost off the coast of Dieppe.

Slab pot

Slab pot

This is a slab pot and although I’m not totally sure about the form, I really like the mark making on it.

wall piece

wall piece

Again with this one I admired the mark making, and how the pieces at the side replicate leather.

House on a rock

House on a rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think this one is fun…a little house lost on a large boulder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have had a couple of workawayers at the house. One of them has been working with me in the studio as she is preparing to go to a ceramic college in Paris in the autumn. She has made some nice pieces which I’ll show on next weeks blog. The other one came from Holland,

Magriet

Magriet

and has been spring cleaning and painting chairs for me.It’s been nice to have a couple of ladies around for the week.

Last week my Peony which had its first bloom this year, dropped its petals,

Peony Centre

Peony Centre

and revealed this marvelous centre….which of course gives me another idea for a sculpture. Sometimes the most interesting part of the flower is hidden inside.

On the way home from Brighton today I got caught in the rain….but its quite warm and the countryside is so gorgeous at the moment, that I didn’t mind,

Cider apple orchard

Cider apple orchard

especially cycling past these lovely cider apple orchards in full bloom.

One week left to do one more bisc and one more glaze firing before going back to do the annual spring clean of the house in Brighton, ready to welcome all the visitors in this years Brighton festival Open Houses. See you there!

 

 

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