Blog

  • How to make your studio practice greener.
    Studio potters often worry about the large amount of energy they need to fire kilns to a high enough temperature to produce their ware. In addition, the materials they use, […]
  • New online glaze course: How Glazes Work
    Do you want to learn about glaze chemistry but don’t have the time to spend weeks on a course? I have been working on a new online course on how […]
  • Virtual open studios
    This year we are having a virtual open studio Artists Staying at Home. Painters, potters, printmakers and jewellers from Hammersmith, Chiswick and Shepherd’s Bush will be taking part. I will […]
  • Collect Open 2020
    I have been making new work for an installation at Somerset House as part of Collect, the international craft and design fair presented by the Crafts Council from 27th February […]
  • Glaze course dates 2020
    I will be teaching more glaze courses in 2020. Learn about mixing glazes, colouring oxides, colour blends and glaze chemistry. 1-2 August 2020 Forest Row School of Ceramics, Forest Row, near […]
  • New glaze books
    I have been busy writing two glaze books; the first is a second edition of my book Colour in Glazes, out in October and the second is a new book […]
  • Weekend glaze course
    Last weekend I went to Burnt Earth Studio in Forest Row to teach a glaze course with potter Candice Coetser. We spent the first day mixing up a base glaze […]
  • Jurassic coast
    We recently visited the Dorset Jurassic coast, so named because it features layers of Jurassic limestone: 145 million year old Portland stone and Purbeck stone, as well as layers of […]
  • Glaze course dates 2019
    I will be teaching more glaze courses in 2019. Learn about mixing glazes, colouring oxides, colour blends and glaze chemistry. 13-14 April 2019 Forest Row School of Ceramics, East Sussex. […]
  • My summer of making
    Since the end of June I have been working on a very large order for G&G Goodfellows, who are supplying a new restaurant in Woolsery, Devon. I first met G&G […]
  • Artists at Home Open Studios 2018
    I’m looking forward to this year’s Artists at Home open studios. I will be showing new work, one-off pieces, porcelain tableware, as well as samples and seconds. The roses are in […]
  • Design Nation at London Craft Week
    Design Nation put together a lovely exhibition called Head, Hand and Heart with talks and demonstrations during London Craft Week 2018. The exhibition was held in Helen Yardley studio, where […]
  • Glaze articles in ClayCraft Magazine
    I have been writing a regular glaze  article every month for ClayCraft magazine, a new pottery magazine available from WHSmith. ClayCraft magazine includes pottery tips, projects to make by Kevin Millward […]
  • Glaze and throwing courses 2018
    I am teaching several courses this year, both in the UK and in Belgium. 5-9 February, Belgium, Colour and glaze and Throwing porcelain in the Art Academy of Heist-op-den-Berg and […]
  • British Craft Pavilion at the London Design Fair
    In September I exhibited at the London Design Fair in the British Craft Pavilion curated by Hole and Corner magazine. Before the show, photographer Chloe Winstanley visited my studio in […]
  • Dialogues exhibition
    Last Saturday was the opening of our exhibition at Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Summertown, north Oxford. I met Sarah Spackman many years ago at a craft fair and she bought […]
  • Cornwall geology and pottery
    During our summer holiday in Cornwall we had a lovely walk along the SW coast path from Perranporth to Portreath, passing several abandoned mines and spoil heaps, great places to […]
  • Geology and everything
    I went to Bath at the weekend, walking from Bradford on Avon along the canal, then through a mile long railway tunnel cut into the limestone. In Monkton Combe we […]
  • Marks and Tools exhibition with Design Nation
    Last week I took part in an exhibition on Marks and Tools put together by Design Nation at Oxo Tower Wharf. The curator was Liz Cooper, who brilliantly pulled together all the […]
  • New book Science for Potters
    I am excited that my next book Science for Potters is coming out soon. The cover shows a pair of Atomic Bottles by Kate Malone, covered with atoms and crystals. The […]
  • Colouring oxides and their raw minerals
    Colouring oxides are added to glazes to produce colour. They dissolve in the glaze to produce transparent glazes with more depth than those made using commercial stains. I prefer to […]
  • Glaze materials 2
    Earthenware glazes are made mostly of frit, which is a kind of man-made feldspar. Borax, soda and other water soluble materials can be made insoluble by heating together with silica. The […]
  • Glaze materials
    Stoneware and porcelain glazes are made up of at least four ingredients: silica, feldspar, whiting and clay.  This is what they look like in their raw mineral forms. Silica is ground […]
  • “Hand of the Maker”
    Earlier this year the talented R&A Collaborations came to see me in London to make a short film about me and my work. This is the latest in their series of […]
  • Tableware for restaurants
    Over the last few months I have been solidly making tableware for restaurants, first 160 matt white plates for Luca in Clerkenwell, then 300 pieces including cake stands, plates and […]
  • Glaze course dates 2017
    I have been asked to teach several glaze courses in 2017. A new pottery school is opening in Forest Row in Sussex. I will be teaching glazes there 0n 17-19 […]
  • Colour chemistry
    My latest article, in Ceramics Monthly September 2016, explains the science behind colour. I am really interested in why things are coloured. When white light falls on certain objects, they […]
  • Colour
    Recently I have noticed a beautiful pink-grey-mustard colour combination in art, prints, textiles and interior design.   I have made a collection of porcelain bottles with the same colour combination. […]
  • Clay structure
    Clay is an amazing material. You can shape it and it holds its form, then you can fire it and it turns into stone. Under the microscope, clay is made […]
  • Chemistry for potters
    I often receive emails asking about glaze problems. It seems that students on ceramics degree courses are not taught very much about science or understanding the materials, but concentrate more on […]
  • Matt glazes
    I have recently finished teaching my glaze courses at West Dean and Morley College. Several students were interested in barium matt glazes. As barium carbonate is a toxic material, many […]
  • Studio drawings
    Last week artist Sophie Glover came to my studio. She is making a large series of drawings of people working in their studios. She is really good at telling a story, […]
  • Small Business Sunday
    On Friday I went by train to Birmingham for my third visit to the annual get together of Small Business Sunday winners. Every Sunday evening, Theo Paphitis of Dragon’s Den, […]
  • Maison et Objet Paris 2016
    I have been exhibiting in Paris at Maison et Objet with the British European Design Group. I took a selection of my Morandi inspired bottles and vases as well as […]
  • Celebrating ten years of cosy collaboration
    It has been ten years since my first collaboration with Ruth Cross, who designed cosies to fit my porcelain mugs and teapots back in 2006. Since then, we have sold hundreds of cosy […]
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down
    I have really been looking looking forward to this series. The producers had phoned me to ask questions about how long it takes to make, glaze and fire a pot, so […]
  • Tokyo
    I have been in Tokyo for a week on a trade mission and showcase of British fashion and lifestyle brands at the British Embassy. Japanese buyers were invited to the […]
  • Geology for potters
    I am currently writing a book on Science for Potters for the American Ceramics Society. An extract on Geology for Potters has been published in Ceramics Monthly November 2015. Many […]
  • Autumn shows
    I recently exhibited at Decorex with Design Nation. Decorex is a high-end interior design show held in a marquee in Syon Park. Liz Cooper of Design Nation curated a beautiful stand […]
  • Cornish clay pits
    I have been visiting clay pits in Cornwall, researching for my next book Science for the Potter. I visited three clay pits. The first was in St Erth near St […]
  • Glaze course dates for Spring 2016
    I will be teaching several glaze courses in the Spring, both at West Dean College and Morley College in London. The West Dean course has up to 10 students and […]
  • Artists at Home Open Studios
    My open studio at the weekend was the busiest yet. I have been taking part in Artists at Home since 2003. This year I showed my new bottles and vases […]
  • New Morandi tableware
    I have have been working on a new tableware range to complement the Morandi inspired bottles. So far, I have made mugs, teapots, plates and bowls. I experimented with overlapping […]
  • Studio interview
    Local TV Chiswick Buzz came to interview me recently. They filmed me throwing a pouring bowl and asked about my cake stands. They are featuring local Chiswick artists in the […]
  • Cake stand order from Japan
    Over the last two months I have been making a large order of 90 cake stands and 60 plates for a store in Japan called TomorrowLand. I had to make […]
  • Glaze course at West Dean
    Once a year I teach a course at West Dean College near Chichester. West Dean is a beautiful, old stately home once owned by Edward James. He was a collector […]
  • Maison et Objet
    I enjoyed exhibiting at Maison et Objet in Paris last week. My stand was part of the British European Design Group in Hall 8: Now! Design a vivre, funded by […]
  • Porcelain light shades
    This week I’m making some slipcast porcelain lampshades for Benchmark furniture. The shades are used in the Snowdrop light, designed by Jonathan Tibbs. You can get a desk or wall-mounted […]
  • New pots
    I have been looking at Morandi paintings recently and have been inspired to make a series of bottles in some new colours: black, grey and mustard yellow. In January 2013 […]
  • Harrods magazine feature
    Harrods magazine have created a beautiful Christmas food feature using my cake stands, plates and platters. My hand thrown porcelain has been stocked in the Entertaining at Home department in […]