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Student Work: Greenwich Community College


Some examples of student work from the evening class at Greenwich Community College, using a “5 second” plate technique:

  1. Roll out the clay to an even thickness using guides.
  2. Imprint textured fabric by rolling onto clay and then removing it.
  3. Place the mold on the clay and cut around the perimeter.
  4. Place the cut out clay on a sponge, face up.
  5. Press the mold onto the clay on the sponge.
  6. Place the plate on a board, let it harden, and sponge the edges.

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Example using cobalt carbonate wash and clear glaze, fired to 1260 degrees.

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Student work using the same technique and finish, fired to 1260 degrees.

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Student work using the same technique for making with different glazes, fired to 1260 degrees.

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Student work using the same technique for making with different glazes, fired to 1260 degrees.

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Student work using the same technique for making, ‘greenwich green’ glaze, fired to 1260 degrees.

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Thrown plates, decorated using oxides and underglaze colour, clear glazed, fired to 1260 degrees.

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Beginners First Thrown Pots


Examples of first ever thrown work from the ceramics evening classes I’m currently teaching  at Greenwich Community College, using the “no centering method” taught to me by Takeshi Yasuda.

Bone dry                                                             Leatherhard

Raw stoneware clay thrown one week, then turned the next, when the work has become “leatherhard”,  meaning stiff enough to turn upside down, recentre and using turning tools, make a foot ring.

Well done everyone, how different they will look when glazed and ready to take home to enjoy.

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12 Types of Clay


chart showing 6 different sorts of clay at different stages raw,1,000,1080, and 1260

chart showing 6 different sorts of clay at different stages raw,1,000,1080, and 1260

I made this chart of the 12 types of clay available in the ceramics workshop at Camberwell College of Art UAL.
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The workshop facility is used by students from all disciplines who do not necessarily have any ceramics knowledge.

The chart is similar to the one I made for the ceramics workshop at Wimbledon College of Art showing each clay in its varying states, from raw, 1000 bisque to earthenware and stoneware glaze temperatures.

terracotta half face glazed with stoneware glaze and fired to 1260

terracotta half face glazed with stoneware glaze and fired to 1260

 

terracotta half face glazed with earthenware clear glaze and fired to 1080

terracotta half face glazed with earthenware clear glaze and fired to 1080

 

terracotta bisque 1000

terracotta bisque 1000

 

raw terracotta

raw terracotta

 

parian half face glazed with clear stoneware glaze and fired to 1260

parian half face glazed with clear stoneware glaze and fired to 1260

 

this is the technicians favourite parian at raw stage

this is the technicians favourite parian at raw stage

 

camberwell buff  half of face  glazed with clear stoneware glaze and fired to 1260 to show colour change and shrinkage

camberwell buff
half of face glazed with clear stoneware glaze and fired to 1260 to show colour change and shrinkage

 

 

camberwell buff raw

 


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Tourist Mugs


Here is a timeline of my tourist mugs and the London history that appears on them, celebrating the everchanging london skyline as seen from birds eye travelling from Greenwich in the east to Big Ben and the London Eye in the west, via the River Thames. I have been making these mugs since 1989,  including the rescue helicopter which has been flying from the top of the Royal london hospital since then.

My technique: red earthenware thrown, turned and handled, then dipped in white slip then sgraffito drawings of London skyline, underglaze colours and oxides, clear glazed and since 2012 i have sometimes been adding transfers.

1989

Docklands light railway

The docklands light railway (DLR) also had part of its route through Isle of Dogs to Greenwich, completed in 1987 the year I started my certificate in ceramics.

the docklands light railway (DLR) completed in 1987

the docklands light railway (DLR) completed in 1987

1991

The Canary Wharf Tower (known as One Canada Square)  was completed in August 1991.

 2000

Millenium Dome 

In 2000, the Millennium Dome (now known as the o2 ) was completed.

to celebrate the turn of the century 2000 the millenium dome (now o2) built on greenwich peninsula

to celebrate the turn of the century 2000 the millenium dome (now o2) built on greenwich peninsula

2004

The Gherkin 

the millenium dome was followed by  the gherkin (30 st mary axe) in 2003

the millenium dome was followed by the gherkin (30 st mary axe)
in 2003

2005

The Fourth Plinth

2005-2007

2005-2007

2005

The fourth plinth in trafalgar square began in 2005 with– a 3.6 metre (12 ft), 13-tonne Carrara marble torso-bust of Alison Lapper, an artist who was born with no arms and shortened legs due to a condition called phocomelia.

2010-2012

My mugs featured the work of Yinka Shonibare’s Ship in a Bottle, on fourth plinth between 2010-2012, now at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

my mugs also feature the work of yinka shonibare’s Nelson's ship in a bottle now at the national maritime museum in greenwich. 2010-2012

my mugs featured the work of Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle on fourth plinth between 2010-2012, now at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

2013

The Shard

2012

From 2012 to date the skyline now includes the Shard, the Cheesegrater, and the Walkie Talkie, along with an influx of foxes at street level.

2014

The Cheesegrater 

made in 2013

made in 2013

Walkie Talkie

cupid and walkie talkie