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Wood firing at Kigbeare in Devon

Anagama kiln at Kigbeare

Recently I took part in a wood firing at Kigbeare in Devon. The firing took five days and involved seven potters. We each took 4 hour shifts, with 8 hours off in between. I did shifts with Deborah Mitchell who had fired the kiln before. First we stoked from the front of the kiln and later from the sides. Unusually, the anagama kiln designed and built by Svend Bayer has five sets of side-stoking ports, one on each side between each stack of pots, so that it’s easier to get the back of the kiln up to temperature. We used oak, ash and pine wood cleared from the nearby golf course and started reduction by closing the damper at 800 C, maintaining reduction all the way up to the top temperature around 1280 C when cone 12 stared to bend.

Anagama kiln at Kigbeare

My celadon glazed porcelain pieces were on two shelves in the middle of the stack near the back of the anagama. One of my vases was placed on its side resting on cockle shells. The other pieces were placed on balls of wadding made from china clay mixed with alumina so that the melted wood ash from the firing would not stick them to the kiln shelf. I shared the stack with Poplini and Jezando and Jessica Mason. The pots at the back of the kiln are by Charlie Collier.

Rebecca Proctor side stoking the anagama. The flames coming out at the top show there is good reduction.

My porcelain pots unloaded from the kiln with some of Jessica Mason’s pots on the far left. Mine are glazed with celadon and satin matt white. The good reduction throughout the firing caused the celadon to come out a lovely pale blue. Some of the pots stuck to the wadding but I managed to grind them off. There were hints of orange flashing on the bases of pots where the soluble salts carried by the flames reacted with the clay body. It was a very successful firing for all the potters.

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Collect Open 2020

Lichen-glazed porcelain sculptural form

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 to 1st March 2020. My installation will bring attention to the effects of global warming and pollution on lichens. The lichen crusts will become darker and fewer, eventually disappearing altogether. Lichens are indicators of clean air and are affected by sulphur dioxide and nitrous oxide from burning fossil fuels. If all the lichen disappeared from rocks and trees worldwide, global warming would increase significantly.

I made a number of glaze tests to give the effect of lichens on rocks. I like the crustose form of lichen; the white and yellow patches that grow on rocks and roofs. These are more pollution resistant than the green lichens that grow on trees. I applied the lichen glazes over matt grey glazes on closed forms representing basalt and limestone boulders and stromatolites, ancient fossilised mounds of blue-green algae, one of the first forms of life on earth that oxygenated our atmosphere.

Lichen-effect glaze tests
Test plate with overlapping lichen glazes on a grey matt glaze.

I am looking forward to exhibiting at Collect. There are other makers exhibiting including Margo Selby, as well as international galleries Ting-Ying and Flow Gallery. There is also an exhibition next door on Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi.

Collect, 27th February- 1st March 2020, Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 1LA.

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Recently I have noticed a beautiful pink-grey-mustard colour combination in art, prints, textiles and interior design.

David Huff
David Huff


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 mustard yellow comes from nickel and titanium, while the pink is made from rutile and tin oxide. These are chalky matt glazes with microscopic crystals covering the entire surface of the glaze. The pale grey is made from a combination of cobalt and nickel oxides in a dolomite glaze. Where the glazes overlap, there are interesting reactions. The dark grey box frame was made by Henry Bloomfield.

Porcelain bottle collection
Porcelain bottle collection

I will be showing the new bottles and vases in the British Craft Pavilion at the London Design Fair, the new name for Tent London at the Old Truman Brewery on September 22-25. Also during the London Design Festival, on 20 September I will be demonstrating throwing on the wheel at the Canvas Home showroom.

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Harrods magazine feature

Linda Bloomfield - Harrods magazine

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 Harrods since July this year. They have cake stands, plates, bowls, jugs and teapots in grey, pink and turquoise. I met the Harrods buyer at Maison et Objet in Paris, where I will be exhibiting again in January 2015. The buyer said they were keen to stock handmade products which were made in England as many of their customers are tourists looking for British made gifts. I actually live in West London only 15 minutes drive from Harrods and even closer to their offices in Hammersmith, so delivering the pots was very easy.

You can read Harrods magazine online. Christmas Food Special Stylists Seiko Hatfield and Emma Marsden, Photographers Tamin Jones and Mowie Kay

Cake stand in Harrdos magazine
Cake stand in Harrods magazine

Platters in Harrods magazine
Platters in Harrods magazine

Cake stand and plate in Harrods magazine
Cake stand and plate in Harrods magazine

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New website

Cups for NOTHS

Welcome to my new website, created by my husband Henry.

Here I will be posting news and photos of what I’ve been making.

My latest commission is for new tableware for the office. I am making cups and saucers, plates, teapots, jugs and bowls. NotontheHighStreet like to decorate their office with unique products designed and made by their partners. They found my porcelain mugs did not chip or break, so have ordered the whole range for their new office in Richmond.

Cups for's new office in Richmond.
Cups for’s new office in Richmond.