Making of a mug: Day one

Part one
With North East Open Studios (NEOS) rapidly approaching I thought it would be interesting to capture the processes a potter goes through to make just one pot. It is understandable that many people do not realise what goes into making a handmade item, especially when you can buy manufactured ones for so little. The things that set handmade work apart are the passion and craft that goes into making them. I’m starting the story with a lump of clay, but before this there have been sketches, research and endless hours of practise…

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Part two
At the start of each throwing day I work the clay to a smooth consistency (wedging) and then weigh out and ball up the required amounts of clay. I have a log book with all the weights and measurements of thrown pieces so that they can easily be repeated. Here you can see three different sizes of balls. The top ones are for the mugs … 230g of porcelain white stoneware.

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Part three
This next bit was easiest to capture in a film…

 

Part four
All of the skills shown in the previous film have taken over two years to accumulate and I am by no means a master. One of the things I love about pottery is that you are always learning and acquiring new skills. Here is the mug, along with some others, now set aside to dry. Once it is firm enough I will remove it from the batt and continue to the next stage… hopefully tomorrow.

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