Garth Meyer Pottery

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Well, not quite, but definitely putting them on the back burner for a while.  The therapeutic qualities of working with clay are well known, and probably necessary to counteract the equally well known stresses of trying to sell your work.  We are beginning to enjoy throwing more as the water in the bowls slowly begins to warm up as we come out of winter.

Nico is busy with some large potato jars at the moment, and I seem to be in a bottle phase…

Nico beginning to swell the base of a potato jar

Nico beginning to swell the base of a potato jarBottles and potato pots

 

Bottles and potato jars

Bottles and potato jars

Some semi-finished pots waiting for bisqueing or final firing

Some semi-finished pots waiting for bisqueing or final firingRaku woman vessel completed

Raku woman vessel with white glaze

Raku woman vessel with white glaze

Temporarily inconvenienced by the silly concerns of the municipal fire inspectors about a suburban conflagration caused by kiln gas bottles, Christo Giles chose to fire his pots in Nico’s big kiln.  Slightly to our embarrassment, this turned out to be the best firing the studio has ever seen.  This is going to make us think twice about being so generous again.

Yogi de Beer, Nico Liebenberg, and Christo Giles at the opening of the kiln.

Yogi de Beer, Nico Liebenberg, and Christo Giles at the opening of the kiln.

 christo2    christo31  christo4

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Some of the pots -

christo8  christo10  christo9

christo11

Yeah, I agree with you – terrible pots – I don’t know why we let him use the kiln.  To add insult to injury, he recently exhibited them at an exhibition in Cape Town and sold them all.  No matter how hard I think I can’t work out how I can take some credit for this.

My own humble efforts have begun again – some more african woman vessels being made, and some very large slipped terracotta jars -

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Nico throwing rings to make large oval oven dishes -
Centering

Centering

Opening out

Opening out

Still further...

Still further...

And still further

And still further

Pulling up the wall

Pulling up the wall

Shaping the wall

Shaping the wall

This space, already crowded to bursting point with the essential junk that potters seem to need to make their stuff, is now being further abused with a jolley and the endless moulds required.
The kiln room morphing into the jolley kiln room

The kiln room morphing into the jolley kiln room

And I have been having a dismally unproductive week, frustrating spent trying to get these first oil bottles right – ways to go still -
Oil bottles and jam jars

Oil bottles and jam jars