Ewelme Pottery Christmas Exhibition

Venue, Timing, Cost

Ewelme Pottery
Wednesday, 29 November 2023 to Sunday, 10 December 2023
10.00a.m. - 1.00 p.m. or by appointment
Its free
 Bowl, garlic jar and pebble in carbon trap shino glaze
This event will be an exhibition and sale of a diverse range of ceramics made by Harriet Coleridge. There are two galleries, both well lit and spacious. 1) A wide range of stoneware pots, mostly thrown on the wheel, glazed with carbon trap shino and decorated with sang de boeuf, wax and an ash glaze with added ferric oxide. The pots are ferociously reduced in a gas kiln, fired to 1280 C. Subtle calligraphic designs in gold lustre are applied by brush and the pots are fired once again - to 730 C. Almost all the pots, whilst highly decorative, are designed to be used. 2) Pots, also mostly wheel thrown, that have been fired for five days (continuously) in a wood fired anagama (or cave) kiln in The Charente region of France. These are made of different kinds of stoneware and porcelain from Limoges, mostly unglazed. They are slipped and decorated by flame, ash and atmosphere. The wood used in the firing has a profound effect on the colours and textures; we have been using oak, chestnut and pine in the most recent firings. The effects are sometimes quiet (at the back of the kiln), more often dramatic and elemental. Again the pots are mostly intended for use. They include mugs, jugs, jars, bowls, shots, bottles... 3) Tin glazed stoneware. Mostly mugs with a few bowls and jugs. These are glazed with a white glaze opacified by tin oxide and painted by brush with subtle but strong colours made up from metal oxides which fuse with the glaze and do not sit upon it like enamels. The glaze was that used for fifty years by Alan Caiger Smith at Aldermaston Pottery. Most of the pots are useful but there are also pebbles, fish (for the wall), flower bricks, tiled chessboards and bottles. These are useful too, in their way. In addition there is a range of wild edge boards for bread, cheese, charcuterie or to display sake cups in wood: elm, oak, cherry, elm and yew. Ewelme Pottery is in the heart of Ewelme, almost opposite the Church. The Church itself is well worth a visit, particularly the elaborate cadaver tomb of Alice, Duchess of Suffolk. There are also many walks in and around the village or up to St. Botolph's Church in the woods at Swyncombe. Pots can be seen on the website or (more recent images) on my Instagram page: harriet_coleridge_potter

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Harriet Coleridge OCG WOA