Patrick Sargent wood-firing potter

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Patrick Sargent was the first modern wood-firing potter, inspired by the ancient techniques of Japan and especially those of Shigaraki, that came to my attention. I have to admit that when I first saw his work I wasn’t immediately impressed, … Continued

Shigaraki Pottery: The origins of today’s wood-fired pottery

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Shigaraki pottery generally refers to the wood-fired stoneware pottery made in the Shigaraki area around 45 kilometres south east of the city of Kyoto and is important for being one of the ‘Six Old Kilns’ of Japan. The town of … Continued

Marianne de Trey – a celebration

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Marianne de Trey, who died a few weeks ago on 18th October, would have been celebrating her 103rd birthday on the day the Harlequin Gallery exhibition opens on 3rd November 2016. I believe it would be disrespectful if I didn’t … Continued

Richard Batterham – a life with pots

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Richard Batterham, who turned 80 this year, became fascinated by pottery as a schoolboy and, following a 2 year apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery, set up his own studio in Dorset in 1959. There he has continued to make pots … Continued