Porcelain small cup by Ali Tomlin
I was lucky to meet a number of interesting people at Handmade in Britain the other weekend. One person who particularly resonated with me was Ali Tomlin… She is a fellow ex-graphic designer with a similar length of time in that discipline. Her pieces are all made from porcelain, sanded to a soft, smooth finish and often glazed only on the inside. They are decorated with deceptively simple colour and line and you cannot help but pick them up.
A few temporary glitches seem to have held things up a bit recently. However the new part for the kiln arrived yesterday and I finally managed to squeeze in a few hours cup throwing on Monday. It’s slow, but I think I’m making a small amount of progress. What I do find is that you can’t take your eye off the ball for a minute. Even when I do a bit of half decent throwing, then there’s the turning. Once the turning is done, there are the handles…
I’m hoping to do some handle tests over the coming weeks – these are a bit thick, but hand-pulled – I’m aiming for something finer. I’d like to try some cut ones too and see which looks best. Also I’m trying out some sgraffito on the insides. I like the idea of sipping a cup of tea and discovering/hiding a pattern as you drink. Let’s see if I can get these ones to survive their glaze firing.