This week end was very busy at Maze Hill. For the third year running, Svend Bayer came to the pottery to demonstrate his tableware to eight students.
More can be read about last year’s workshop on this link: Last Year’s workshop
On the demonstration menu were jugs and mixing bowls of various sizes, one type of storage jar and large mishima-style decorated dishes.
Once the jar was leather-hard, it was dipped in a slip and finger-wiped for decoration.
Korean pottery has had a huge influence on Svend’s work; it was during this trip that he realized that he wanted to work on a large scale. He was blown away by the big “kimchi” jars that were made there by the hundreds. These jars were used for storing pickled cabbage.
After the storage jar, Svend made a 16lb dish which he then decorated in the mishima style with tools made by himself. A bit of platted rope was presssed on the inside of the dish whilst the centre got a roulette design treatment.
It was not possible to show the whole mishima process due to time constraints but in normal circumstances the dish would be slipped when leather-hard and then the slip would be carefully scraped off once dry to reveal the carving underneath. The rope consists of four bits of strings platted together and the roulette is a bit of dowel which has been carved with diagonal patterns.
Students mainly made jugs and bowls, tried different weights of clay and learnt shaping, handle pulling and how to add a spout to their jugs.
Lisa’s fabulous lunch spread.
The atmosphere was very relaxed and punctuated by fabulous lunches prepared by Lisa and afternoon tea with delicious cakes made by Lisa and Ellie.
While all the action was taking place, Ellie, Lisa’s assistant worked hard at reclaiming all the clay used by the students and Lisa worked on some of her plates.
Brigitte also took photos of Maze Hill memorabilia that is sitting in the back yard and which include early pots of former assistants Yo Thom, Adam Frew and Lukas Moravec.
We were not so lucky with the videos as Lisa, Ellie and Brigitte either got low battery or no memory left in device …!
And finally, ooohhh aaaahhhhh……!
Last Saturday Darren was running a workshop for Maze Hill students who had expressed a desire to practice or improve on areas in which they are having difficulties.
When I (Brigitte) arrived at the pottery, everybody was already hard at work. There was a jolly atmosphere, which is expected when Darren is around, combined with concentration.
Everybody was doing their own thing: making teapots or mugs, pulling handles or simply practising making perfect cylinders.
Darren spent time with each student individually and gave them really clear explanations as to why and where they were going wrong.
At the end of the class, while everybody was packing up and cleaning up, he finished one of his teapots.
All the pictures in this post have been kindly donated by Jon Cullum. Thank you Jon for your beautiful photos.
We are very proud to announce that Darren has won “BEST STAND” at Rufford this year. Here is a picture of it. It looks impressive indeed and was put together on a very low budget.
Well done Darren !