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Carole Glover



On leaving Derby University I pursued my love of pots by assisting wood-firing potters in Devon, whilst setting up my own studio in Stafford.

Influenced by 19th century Devonshire & 16/17th century Staffordshire slipware potters I aim for simplicity of form to enhance my style of slipware decoration. Incorporating the colours of these periods, the textile jewelling and the diversity created by the wood firing I hope to make my range of pots both a palpable and visual experience.

“Clay, for me, is the only medium that captures, communicates and transfers warmth, body, mood and feelings. Clay expresses its own secrets and I enjoy taking part.”

Although I have produced many styles of Pots all which have been influenced by the era mentioned along with Japanese shapes, I have for 2013 decided to suspend the making of my studio range in order to apply more time to my Traditional style which has evolved over the past few years to reflect my interest in nature.

I use red earthenware clay which is formed using my home made momentum kick wheel. Once the thrown pots are sufficiently dry the slip process commences by either pouring, brushing or dipping the appropriate areas. The base white slip is made using Hyplas 71.

The decorating of the piece begins as soon as the base slip has dried sufficiently. The shape influences the design but basically I get the idea in my head and work quickly with the slip trailer trying to be as fluent and free as possible.

On some pieces, more often when commissioned pieces are undertaken I will do a line drawing first and then apply that to the piece. Having slip-trailed the outline of the design I proceed to infill the areas with coloured slips applying feathering or jewelling where appropriate. The pots are once again put aside to dry until I feel they are ready to be raw glazed.

The Pots are then honey or clear glazed, put aside to dry and fired to around 1086ºc. using the gas or 64cu ft wood kiln. ( The Traditional range is predominantly gas fired. )

It would be easy for me to skip over the emphasis on drying when making once fired slip-ware pots but It is so important to acquire the feel of the Pot in order that you know when to move onto each stage of the making process without mishap.

The feel is the way I assess the pot as the drying time varies tremendously dependent upon the atmosphere and time of the year. The slip-ware process is challenging and is only acquired through experience and patience.

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