Garth Meyer Pottery

I’ve been experimenting with some really large jars, and medium planters, in a pedestal format.  The footed pots are quite challenging in terms of getting the proportions right, especially as you have to throw the foot onto the pot while it is upside-down.  These are the first few – no doubt I will improve as time goes on…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And this is what the entrance to a potter’s house looks like – or this potter, anyway -
 
 
  Two tallish storage containers from the last firing in a shino glaze – I am obsessed with making lidded vessels, which is strange, because almost no-one in this country buys them – I think this is what is termed an “obsession”.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
See what I mean?
 

Red vase day

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This is a red vase from the latest firing.  The copper red broke nicely over the incised decoration.  Now to see if I can do it again with the rest of the white pots.  Some of the glaze tests also held some promise – glazes are a small problem at the moment – I want to develop some that work well over buff stoneware.

Vase with copper red glaze and incised decoration

Having just got back from a trip to Kruger Park and back, it’s been a big surprise to find that Paarl is way hotter than anywhere else on the trip.  But it’s always good to get back and sit behind the wheel and dip your hands in a bowl of cool water all day – of course this changes in winter…  Highlight of the trip was a visit to the grand old man of SA pottery, and I found him to be even more of a remarkable person, potter and artist than I even expected -

At the foot of the master - Garth Meyer and Esias Bosch

At the foot of the master - Garth Meyer and Esias Bosch

 I’ve been making some large bottles in slipped terracotta – this is how one of them came out -

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I’ve also – and I must admit that this was a swerve to the East for no discernible reason – been making these large Japanese style garden lanterns -

Tall Japanese themed garden lanterns (unfired)

Tall Japanese themed garden lanterns (unfired)

And, inspired by Mr Bosch, I’ve been making some porcelain jewellery boxes, vases and lidded jars -

Small lidded jewellery boxes (bisque)

Small lidded jewellery boxes (bisque)

Porcelain vases and lidded jars (greenware)

Porcelain vases and lidded jars (greenware)

Check back in a week or so to see how these turn out once they’re fired, could be two weeks – I’m in a massive throwing cycle at the moment.