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Making Handmade Pottery - What I Wish I Knew Before I Started

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Making Handmade Pottery - What I Wish I Knew Before I Started

I've been asked for advice on anything I wish I knew before starting pottery from my home garage studio. It got me thinking, and I couldn't really answer in a quick reply so decided to write this post. 

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The Recent Progress in my Pottery Career

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The Recent Progress in my Pottery Career

Wow my last blog post was about ten months ago, I must be really slacking! To be fair I've been pretty busy, I will try to condense the last year or so into a concise and amusing blog post.

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Becoming a Potter. Again.

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Becoming a Potter. Again.

So my plan for this year is to grow vegetables, make some nice food and take fancy photos with my new camera, served on tableware I make in the garage.

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Bespoke Handmade Pottery for Cafe Restaurant In Sheffield

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Bespoke Handmade Pottery for Cafe Restaurant In Sheffield

I have recently delivered my first bespoke pottery commision to Aston Springs Farm in Sheffield where I work as a Chef for my day job. Having worked as a chef for a number of years I’m all too familiar with the frustrations of breakages of tableware. Often dishes need to be presented in a certain way, and if you don’t have enough pots it slows you down. This is just one of the reasons why chefs are always so angry… During my pottery making I often make little pots to try out new glazes – they represent how a glaze...

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My Favourite Sheffield Potters

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My Favourite Sheffield Potters

To be honest I don’t really know many other Sheffield Potters personally, but here are a few I do know, and a few I don’t know but have come across on the internet and have liked their work. Firstly Penny Withers is a Sheffield Potter who taught my wife for a number of years. She has a studio in Persistence Works where she runs pottery evening classes. She is a lovely lady, and we are lucky to have some of her beautiful work at use at our home. Emilie Taylor is someone I came across whilst searching for other Sheffield...

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Developing My Range Of Stoneware Tableware - Sheffield Pottery

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Developing My Range Of Stoneware Tableware - Sheffield Pottery

Recently I’ve been very busy making pots and working on new ways of selling pottery. I’ve been excited to start making my first tableware sets. I have also written a little article on how I use a gauge and repeat throwing to standardise my handmade tableware.

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Designing My New Handmade Pottery Range - Get Involved

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Designing My New Handmade Pottery Range - Get Involved

Firstly I'd like to say a big thank you for all the interest in my new pottery site so far. I ran a 50% off promotion on Facebook for my first customer which generated a lot of interest. 

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Woodseats Pottery – Introduction to Woodseats, Sheffield and History of Ceramics

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Woodseats Pottery – Introduction to Woodseats, Sheffield and History of Ceramics

Note: This post was written when I produced pots under the Woodseats Pottery name. My name is Tom Humphries, I’m the founder of Woodseats Pottery where I make all kinds of stoneware pots. I’ve always been interested in clay, my first encounter was at Junior school where we all made clay ornaments one day. Even then I was fascinated by the texture, and how a muddy substance would firm up into a hard object. Around thirty years later my wife was taking evening classes in pottery and I decided to buy her a pottery wheel for her birthday. After she...

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