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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 Devon. I first met G&G Goodfellows in January 2018 when I applied to their Talent for Tableware competition at the Table show, which took place at Kensington Olympia. Table was a brand new […]

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borax frit, glaze material

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 and technical articles by Alan Ault of Valentine Clays, as well as a diary entry every month from Doug Fitch, who makes traditional wood-fired slipware […]

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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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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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