science, potters, geology, chemistry, glazes, clay

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 book will cover chemistry, geology, clay, crystals, the science behind colour and glazes. For anyone who would like to know a bit more about the […]

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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 resulting glass is ground up and used together with clay and silica to make low temperature earthenware glazes. Frits are also used to lower the […]

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chalk and limesone, glaze material

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 flint or quartz, usually from sand or sandstone. These are large pieces of milky quartz from a vein in igneous rock. Silica has a high […]

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Linda Bloomfield faceted bottle

“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 films about makers and their work and I’m really pleased to now have this film about me.   Hand of the Maker – Linda Bloomfield […]

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Afternoon tea at Barbecoa restaurant

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 shallow bowls for Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa Piccadilly. I have developed a routine. I make forty plates every Thursday, turn them on Friday, fire them over […]

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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 February 2017. Contact Katrina Pechal on 0789 444 7938. You can visit the school when they open in December, courses start in January with tutors […]

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Ceramics Monthly September 2016

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 absorb some colours of light and what we see are the remaining colours of light reflected from the object. Some objects, like trees and grass, […]

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Porcelain bottle collection

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. The bottle shapes are inspired by the still life paintings of Giorgio Morandi. The glazes are all made from raw materials in my studio. The […]

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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 up of tiny stacked hexagonal crystals, which are able to slide over each other when lubricated by water. The kaolinite image below is reproduced from […]

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