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One of the nicest aspects of this job is setting out on the road, meeting potters and finding lots of inspirational ideas for our readers. We’ve been getting lots of photos of our project builds, which people have shared with us. What’s interesting is the way they’ve been changed, in terms of decoration, or design, to make the piece unique. We love it when one of our ideas is adapted, so please do send them in for us to see. You never know; what you do may inspire someone else!
In this issue, we begin a series that will grow to make a complete teaset. Part one is a slab-built teapot, and if you want more of a choice of build techniques and designs, take a look at our Books section, where you’ll find The Teapot Book, by Steve Woodhead.
Our other projects include smoke-firing a vessel using resist slip and tape; three different ways to create your own maker’s mark stamp, and how to create quirky little birds from pinch pots.
We also met HEX, a street artist who has developed two new decoration techniques for clay. One involves the use of a laser-cutter, and results in incredibly fine detail being possible on wooden moulds/stamps. The other is almost an optical illusion of stipples. HEX shared a way to do this that doesn’t involve a laser-cutter, which will be featured in issue four. If you can’t wait that long, it’s also here, on our website. HEX is very generous about sharing his techniques, and really can’t wait to see what other artists will do with the processes. If you have a go, please let us know – we’d love to see it!
Our features this month include turning a thrown, round dish into an oval; how to prepare your kiln for its first firing and a spotlight on stoneware clay. We also have a very generous competition prize from Potterycrafts, who are offering our readers £555-worth of vouchers. Get your copy now, to be in with a chance of winning!
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