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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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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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periodic table 2

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 learning about art and design ideas and philosophy. In Chemistry at school, I loved the periodic table. It neatly groups the elements so that each […]

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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, showing multiple stages in the making process and picking out interesting details. I love the illustration of the wedging process and the wobbly bowl being thrown […]

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New mugs

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 glazes but I think a crisp finish looks better. I need to do more work on the plates and bowls but the mugs and teapots […]

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Studio interview

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 run-up to Artists at Home Open Studios. Lorna Ko who interviewed me said her Japanese father is also a potter, who trained with Shozo Michikawa, […]

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