The ceramic process

Below are a few sketches which are in progress to illustrate what I’ve learned over the last few years doing ceramics. It’s a great hobby – playing with mud one minute, and then it’s a teapot or cup the next.   There are many ways for Shino glazes such as Malcolm Davis and EAC Shino not to turn out as planned – in fact, this is the very reason many potters prefer it. Here I’ve tried to explain the key variations to the shino glazing process – and why a pot will always have it’s own characteristics when using such …

Making in Oregon: Beginner’s woodwork

Here in Portland I’ve just signed up to a woodworking class, held by the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. It’s a bit of a challenge as we’re going to make a gift within four weeks and I’ve chosen a pretty complicated one – making a toolbox for specific tools. It’s been a really interesting process and one which I’d like to remember as I’ve never really worked with so many different power tools in one go (!) and in my adult life haven’t taken on a woodwork project yet. Hopefully by documenting the process here it’ll help me next time I …