Sunday 14 February 2010

Happy Valentine's day

Happy Valentine's day. The froth on Barnbarroch Pottery coffee is becoming a legend. It looks especially good today, particulary in these grand mugs . On the left is Rodger's Chris Lewis coffee mug, and on the right is my morning coffee mug, made by Margaret Gardiner.

After a 'bitty' sort of January, ( lots of half jobs, half a kiln packed, half a load of pots slip decorated, half a brain half the time), this month seems to be heading in a more productive direction. Not that last month wasn’t busy. Just too many job jobs, such as unblocking land drains, moving logs, stock taking and other such tedious delights.

However, pots are now filling the shelves and I am even making a bit more progress on my latest seat. The base and top were none the worse for their long mouldy confinement under polythene.

The legs are two roughly triangular shaped extrusions joined back to back. I got them on and then left them to firm up pretty well before Allie and I lifted the seat into position. They seem to be supporting it quite happily, though the seat itself was lighter than the first one I made last year being a sandwich with just a couple of structural ridges between. I am hoping that it will soon fly, though more of this next time.

From a huge seat to tiny little jugs

...and little dishes made from one of the new dies I made last month. They are quite small and just take a few little fishes.

There are always a few fiddly little orders to fit in. I had a rather unexciting order for a restaurant in Glasgow of 20 tiny salt pots and tea light holders plus some tiles for their cloakrooms. The tiles are still drying slowly weighted between suction boards. But I enjoyed making this christening mug for a child with a very grand long name , (here bisc fired and waiting to be glazed).

I had promised a to let Annette have the use of the workshop for a pottery party. Annette worked with us for many years before she became involved in parenthood. Her daughter Amber is seven and it was all very girly. Amber’s idea was that they should all make models of their pets to the music of High School Musical, and it was all very pink and fluffy!

I am not sure who had an elephant as a pet.


  1. Hi Christine, I feel like this month is turning out to be more productive also. Love the little jugs and fish trays. What is that big roller for in the background? An old print making press? Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day

  2. super looking seat, i love those and your massive extruding mugs a treat too love the way you got the entire name in there...sweeet..

  3. SEVEN!!!!!!! How on earth did that happen? Surely she was only born about 18months ago. That is just crazy scary.

  4. The big roller is an old clothes mangle. It was in a neighbours garden going rusty, which was breaking our recycling hearts, so we eventually plucked up courage to ask if they REALLY wanted it. At the time we had ideas of turning it into an etching press but as that never happened, I now use it as a clay roller. It works a treat, and is a lovely old beast, boasting the name of 'Castle Douglas' in the cast iron.

  5. Someday I want to learn how to do this!