8th September 2018
Today was a big day in the studio… a slab roller joined the team and I am absolutely in love! I’ve been saving since January and it’s everything I dreamed it would be.
Have you ever done that? Found a dream piece of equipment and saved and saved until you could buy it? There’s something so satisfying in that process, it requires a load of patience, but oh my is it worth it.
I decided to start saving for my beautiful Roderveld Jumbo Junior because I’ve noticed my wrists & shoulders have started to click and crack a lot more in the last 2 years since turning… ahem… 40. It occurred to me that the rolling, rolling, rolling of slabs with a rolling pin was taking a toll on my joints and if I am going to be making as long as I expect to be I’d need to be making changes to my process.
Studio ergonomics, did you know this was a thing?
It makes SO much sense now that it’s on my radar, but it never occurred to me before January.
Better late than never, eh?
Here’s a photo of the slab roller in situ… I want to name it, but the perfect name hasn’t come to me yet, that’s okay, there’s time for that.
August 26th 2018
You know that thing that happens when you have all the intentions to do all the things and forget how busy life is and don’t end up doing all the things?
Yeah, that happened. My intentions to write here “a few times a week” were GROSSLY over estimated, so realistically it will be more like once a fortnight for now. We’ll see.
Anyway, a lot of people ask me about where & how I got into clay so I thought an introductory post might be a good place to start :o)
So, Hi :o) my name is Avesha and I make pots. My Mom surprised me with a kickwheel class at our local H.O.M.E. Co-Op when I was 10 (I grew up in Maine, USA) and I was hooked. I’ve had my hands in mud ever since & cannot imagine my life without it… (well, I can imagine it actually, because I lived without clay under my fingernails for 5 years when we first moved over here to Scotland back in 2009. To say that I was a total crabby appleton would not be an understatement…I’m pretty sure my right eye started to twitch as well).
I went to Maine College of Art, graduating in 2000 with a BFA in Ceramics and have managed to keep my hands in clay for most of my life. I was a wheel thrower before moving to the UK, now I am a handbuilder and I’m so thankful for the shift! There is something especially magical about making pots out of slabs, this process (that I had to re-learn when I didn’t have money to buy a wheel) slows me down and forced me to look at every aspect of every detail of every pot in a way that throwing didn’t.
The magic of seeing a blank slab of clay become a wavy, curvy & quirky pot is something I’ll never tire of…. more on that later :o)
Okay, that’s enough talking for now. See you later & as always, email me with any questions, ok?
With love, from the pottery, Avesha.
August 16th 2018
You know how you have an idea and then you wait for ages to actually do anything about it? That’s what this blog is….an idea that I had that I forgot about and was reminded of by a friend today.
She says that the story of the daily workings of the pottery are something people might be interested in, so, here we are.
A few times a week I’ll post here and if you’re interested to read what’s written, wonderful! If you have questions for me about the studio send me a note through the contact page, ok?