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Inlay student results

img_9750I taught some students at Greenwich Community College the inlay  technique, drawing through clay at the leatherhard stage with a sgraffito tool. Then filling the drawn lines with coloured slip, allowing all to dry, to give clear crisp lines when scraping off the excess slip with a metal kidney to reveal the drawn lines in colour inlay.

This is the student’s resulting work.


Stoneware clay inlaid with black slip, bisque fired ready for glazing.


Watch this space to see the finished glazed piece next year.


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Throwing ‘punch’ method


Student result after being taught what I call the ‘no centre’ method, the students always say they have never thrown such  big work till being taught this method.

I was taught this method by Takeshi Yasuda my tutor at Goldsmiths, but I cannot find any video of him demonstrating this technique, only something similiar he  calls the donut method.

This was made by a student at Greenwich Community College evening class, glazed with buff green and decorated with cobalt carbonate, fired to 1260 C.


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Naked Raku 2016


Naked Raku achieved by applying terrasigilata to bone dry coiled vessel and burnishing to make a shiny sealed surface. After bisque firing a crack off slip is applied and then exactly 24 hours later a clear glaze applied on top.

The black marks are made using sgraffitto, carving through the glaze and slip.

The work is then Raku fired and then smoked in sawdust. After removing from the sawdust and plunging into water, all the glaze and slip “crack off” returning the surface to the burnished unglazed but crackle smoked surface.