As I suspected there will be no craft element to the Petworth Market in August as the hall has been booked out already, the food side will still go ahead outside around the square, but sadly I will not be there with my pottery.
A new date for your diaries is Wisborough Green Art Exhibtion which is on Sunday 25th August and Monday 26th August from 11am to 6pm on both days. It is being held in a barn (which will be signposted) opposite The Cricketers pub which overlooks the village green in Wisborough Green. I am really delighted to have been asked to submit some pieces for this event.
To other news, I have started making a few pieces in terracotta (earthenware) clay, which is actually the first clay I ever used, so you could say I’m going back to my roots, or at least revisiting them. I’ve hesitated to use it again as the pigment is strong and I was worried that I would end up with my white earthenware having orange marks on it! but so far so good and am managing to keep the two types of clay separate.
Terracotta lends itself to being coated with a thin layer of white slip (liquid clay) which you apply at the leather hard stage of drying. The first few pieces I have made seem to be going down well and I am enjoying producing these quite simple pots which I feel have a very natural beauty about them – I hope you agree.
bye for now