Clay: It’s the Good Stuff

potter-marksMake your mark: Clare comes to regular sessions at the studio & is now practicing her throwing. Recently we chatted a bit about sustainability and the responsibilities we have as makers. It’s a tough one. There’s been a lot of talk about plastic recently & there’s always talk about stuff and wether we really need it – particularly on the run up to Christmas. People have formed clay for 20,000 years & a lot of what we know about our past can be learnt through these artefacts. We’re moulded & capacious, it’s moulded & giving: perhaps that’s why so many people connect with it. It records stories: cultural, social, material, social, economic etc… I know I’d rather have something that tells a story, any story. I think making and buying things that asks something of you is affirming. Producing also involves risk. Learning to let go is important. I know I’d rather have opportunities to fail & reflect on my life. There’s plenty of opportunity for that in ceramics. It’s my best friend.

Also… we’ve needed to start using stamps for ages. I’d intended to do this when I first started Sunken Studio but forgot! They’re now more important than ever. There’s a lot of work going through the kiln & these will help optimise loads.

The Wheel

throwing-on-a-potters-wheel-demonstrationGreat news. We now offer tuition in using the Potter’s Wheel to throw pots. Come and spend time at our ceramics studio in Leeds. Learn how to centre, open, collar, pull, shape, finish and wire off your finished work. Visit our Gift and Gather pages for further details.

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Pottery Experience Voucher Packs

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Donut Press have been helping us out again. This time with our Pottery Experiences. We now have Voucher Packs available for all our ceramics workshops.

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