Text Box: Mark Reuben

Ceramics found me late in life, when I started learning the mystery of wheel throwing three years ago at the Midland Arts Centre. As in any creative practice you get your fair share of frustration - why do we put ourselves through it? It is for those moments of fulfilment when the throwing goes well or a glazed piece comes out of the kiln looking great.

 

In an attempt to reduce this frustration and aid consistency I have developed a log which records the clay body, weight, glaze, firing dates and notes for each item, with a corresponding number stamp on each piece produced.

 

I have recently become intrigued by the variation in colour and finish of flat glazes, especially in the way glaze follows the contours and indentations of the form. I am experimenting with glazing pieces upside down. Drips and happy accidents are embraced!

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