Text Box: Chris Bell

I am particularly interested in the surface qualities of the pots that I make. I currently enjoy making a mixture of thrown and slab-built work.

 

I use a variety of clays, either heavily grogged clay or stoneware clays mixed with paper pulp to make lighter items.

 

Some items are fired to high stoneware temperatures, 1300C, in a gas kiln, where they are also starved of oxygen to create the interesting glaze surface effects that I like.

 

Other items are Raku fired, which means, that they are heated up to about 1000C and then taken out of the kiln while still hot, using tongs, and placed into sawdust to again create dramatic glaze-surface qualities.

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