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How To Make Plates on the Pottery Wheel

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How To Make Plates on the Pottery Wheel

It can be very satisfying eating from wheel thrown pottery plates. I thought I’d write about how use a pottery wheel for beginners who are interested in making plates. Many moons ago I wrote an article about why potters don’t like making plates. Whenever I look at the catalogues of other potters they rarely have plates in their range – such a shame! I have avoided making plates for many of the reasons in the article. In the end I just couldn’t resist making a set for us to eat our dinners from. It turns out I actually quite like...

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How To Make a DIY Kiln Vent – Budget Air Extraction

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How To Make a DIY Kiln Vent – Budget Air Extraction

What do kiln vents do? Kiln vents come in various forms, they aim to remove air from the kiln atmosphere. Some types of ventilation are attached over the top of the kiln, others suck air out of the bottom. Electric kilns are more likely to need ventilation as the radiant heat doesn’t move much air naturally. Do you need kiln ventilation? There are two main reasons for using a ventilation system. Remove unwanted gases from the studio space. During a firing there are gases released that can be harmful to breathe. By using a vent many of these can be...

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Top 5 Best Pottery and Ceramics Channels on YouTube

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Top 5 Best Pottery and Ceramics Channels on YouTube

Here are a few of my favourite pottery channels on YouTube. As a self taught potter, the internet has provided a lot of very useful information to help me learn. I also just enjoy watching other potters throw, and probably spend way too much time staring at the screen, mesmerised by spinning clay. The 5 Best Pottery Videos Simon Leach is without doubt my favourite YouTube channel full stop! I suppose his meandering English sensibilities won’t appeal to everyone. In fact if you are after fast, well edited throwing tutorials this is probably not your best option. If you do...

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What is Stoneware Pottery & Differences to Earthenware and Porcelain

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What is Stoneware Pottery & Differences to Earthenware and Porcelain

So what is stoneware pottery? Pottery can be made from many different types of clay, they are often broadly categorised as earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. Earthenware clay matures at a relatively low temperature range from 1060°C to 1154°C. Stoneware clay matures at the middle temperature range from 1140°C to 1280°C . Porcelain matures at the highest temperature range around 1220°C to 1300°C. These are only guide temperature ranges, there are hundreds of different types of clay available to buy for producing ceramics with. They all mature at their own specific temperature. Earthenware is often discarded as an option for potters...

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What total Etsy fees do you really pay as a seller in the UK?

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What total Etsy fees do you really pay as a seller in the UK?

This is not an attempt at Etsy bashing – there is plenty of that going on around the web already. I do really like the site, and have sold most of my pottery through them. Total Etsy fees may have changed since the time of writing. I have just been looking into exactly the total fees I am paying on my sales. All this info is available on the Etsy site, though a little bit of digging is needed. Doing a quick Google search for ‘what are Etsy fees’ will probably return a page like this . A quick scan...

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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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Clay Weights & Sizes For Handmade Tableware – Repeat Throwing Pottery

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Clay Weights & Sizes For Handmade Tableware – Repeat Throwing Pottery

I’ve spent the last few years trying to design and make the ultimate handmade tableware collection. The thing that has improved my pottery the most is using a gauge and repeat throwing the same clay weights. Why make standard sized pottery with repeat throwing? Some potters prefer to make tableware completely free form. Depending on their ability, they make be able to throw very similar pots each time, or they might enjoy variations in their work. For me, I make one-off pieces to whatever size the clay allows. However, for tableware sets I’ve found it best to set a standard...

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Handmade Stoneware Bowls with Expanded Decoration

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Handmade Stoneware Bowls with Expanded Decoration

I’ve recently experimented making handmade stoneware bowls with an expanded decoration. They have been made using a homemade wooden paddle which has lines sawn into it at different angles. To begin with the bowls were thrown into a fairly tall cylinder shape. With one hand supporting the inside, and the wheel stopped, the outside of the cylinder was whacked with the paddle a number of times. After this the inside of the bowl was opened out, making sure not to touch the outside and spoil the pattern. By pulling the pot out like this it creates an expanded decoration –...

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