Hello again

It’s been a while since I posted on this site, mainly because nothing much has happened over the long cold winter months, although her at no 42 has got a new boyfriend, and the old man opposite bought a new pump for his fish pond.


The days are lengthening and thoughts turn to spring and my first firing of my gas kiln and a woodfiring in April.

On a recent visit to the weald and downland museum,one of the wenches in the kitchen asked for a big pot to fill the copper ( large boiling vessel set in brick ) with water, ye olde plastic bucket, didn’t look too good,not 16th century enough. I looked everywhere for an example, but just found large jugs or water cisterns,so I made two pots, a large jug and a large pot with three lug/handles, one at the bottom to enable the pour. We’ll see?

Irregular shaped plates,with very big grog worked into the surface.

Irregular shaped plates,with very big grog worked into the surface.

Biscuit fired water pot bearing my finger marks

Biscuit fired water pot bearing my finger marks

I have been making with stoneware for the woodfiring zillions of small kiln fillers, always needed .I have made six plates inspired by some dishes I saw in Japan, first make a plate, make it an irregular shape then fire it and use as a mould.The upper surface has very large grog worked into the surface, to make it bobbly ( technical word).

large jug possibly 1 gallon

large jug possibly 1 gallon


I have cancelled the Sutton markets and have been very lazy about finding others to fill the gap, I have next Christmas booked and I hope the Croydon ones start up again in March . I have decided to hold the Raku day on the 16th Of  May a very significant date.


In the next exciting episode of ‘Greville Avenue the directors cut’ the nice young couple at 29 have their drive renewed and a dropped curb installed, and the Greek lady at 21 takes in a parcel. There maybe even some pots to look at.


About timbartell

I was born in a flat in Lambeth the name of which was, Wedgewood house,China walk estate.I'd forgotten this until recently,it dawned on me the significance of the names after I had become interested in pottery/ceramics.I think of myself as a potter in the most practical sense,making pots for people to use.I have never had any formal training,I took it up when the table tennis class was full.My first flat was in the same road as a pottery centre, Elmwood pottery, the best in London, 18 sessions a week and a real community. I love my craft and bore everyone with it, so am grabbing this chance to bore more people via this blog.There may be the odd interesting item, here's hoping.
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