throughout the weekend there are specialist demonstrations, competitions, exhibitions and opportunities to meet and chat to fellow potters/ ceramicists.
The last time I was at Kindrogan was 7 years ago! As i had recently re-joined the SPA, i thought a little inspiration was in order!
The three main demonstrators were: Lisa Hammond, A potter from London and the lady responsible for the amazing Adopt A Potter scheme, Simon Griffiths, an amazing animal sculptor from Northumbria and Christine Hester Smith a ceramic sculptor, known for her illustrative work from Dumfries and Galloway.
I saw many new and old faces and was reminded of how warm and friendly everyone from the Scottish pottery and ceramics scene is.
I will admit that I spent most of my time with Christine and her Big Blue extruder! Christines work has focussed hugely on extruded forms which are manipulated and illustrated.
|Christine and her Big Blue extruder - rigged up on a specially built platform|
|Christine and her husband|
|dies and bits for Big Blue|
|heads, feet and bodies|
|one of the pieces ready for decoration...|
|one of the first extrusions - boats!|
|A candlestick for a gannet!|
|the finished boat!|
|components and platters|
Again, I was spending most of my time with Christine and she was focussing on the slip decoration of her pieces. She admits that the most enjoyable part of the making process is the illustration of her pieces. Slip was used for this demo but Christine uses multiple applications at her studio and combines glazes, oxides and spray slip/ glaze decoration to give a depth of colour to her illustrations.
Everyone was really impressed with her very fine slip trailers and she was very generous in giving us a wee shottie!
|the slip was naturally free flowing...|
|ooh - a foxy|
|the slip trailers were much squeezed!|
|only the start of the decoration|
|Drying in the sun....|
Huge thanks to Michelle Young-Hares for some ECA nostalgia and Sylwia Kolasińska for being my buddy!