I work mainly with white stoneware and porcelain, thrown on the wheel. Pieces are decorated using black or cobalt blue slips and scratching the designs through the slip to reveal the clay beneath. These are glazed with a clear or slightly opaque white glaze. Recently I've also been using ceramic crayons to draw lines which give a lovely texture on the clay. I've also been using underglaze stains to extend the colour range.
Designs are evolving all the time and sizes vary from bowls for tapas, pasta, nuts and crisps to varying sizes of dipping bowls for bread and oil, prawns & dipping sauces or vegetable crudites. I also produce olive bowl sets which include a smaller bowl for olive stones.
All dishes are dishwasher and oven proof.
Porcelain Tea lights
These tea lights are a favourite of mine - they are translucent when lit so that the varying designs shine through.
I often make my own stamps and use these for a variety of designs, fish, flowers and also for celebrations - birthdays, weddings, christenings, births and Christmas.
When lit they produce a lovely intimate atmosphere for entertaining.
I have a variety of tea lights in stock and am happy to undertake commissions. However due to the lengthy production process of these items, a minimum of 4 weeks should be allowed. The designs are so varied I can't include all on the website, so email me and I can send pics of the latest designs, particularly those for Christmas.
Reduction fired vases & bowls
I also produce large serving dishes, bowls and vases both in white stoneware and buff clay fired in reduction using tenmoku and shino glazes.
The vases below were produced after a week long Japanese themed pottery course led by Shozo Michikawa.
Porcelain bud vases