The joy of ceramics

For me the joy in creating ceramic pieces is the alchemy of the unexpected.

Designing a shape, yet giving the clay a say in how that shape progresses.

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Following the clay up or stretching it out almost to bursting point,

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Thinking of the feel of the piece, mixing materials to make a glaze, not really knowing exactly how it will look because even a few degrees difference in temperature can give a different result.

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Balancing and unbalancing the materials so that the glaze creates its own patterns and forms.

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Ceramics are accessible; you can pick them up, touch them, place them where you want them

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The more you look, the more you see.

Although knowledge and testing of glazes allows you to gain more control of the end result may I never get to the point where I know exactly what the result will be. For then the magic will have gone and we all need a bit of magic.

These three pieces can now be seen at Oriel Bevan Jones, King Street, Carmarthen.

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