In the slips

The slips are a category of seats in concert halls and Theatres ,this is nothing to do with that. It doesn’t mean standing next to the wicket keeper either.


Slips are liquid clays used for decoration there are a whole spectrum of colours, I like to use clays from out and about on my travels. They are from places like the river bank of the river Wandle ( WC ) wandle clay. River Thames mud from outside River house in Nine Elms which I call MI 6, sea shore clay from Itchenor Sussex which is called Itchy slip where I gather the clay from the slipway which I call slip slip. Some of the names are quite boring though like Dicker slip from Dicker or Alf Riston from Alfriston.



I have 14 slips,some are running out and I wont be able to replace them,WC is from the river bank and I would feel terrible if I cut that away anymore than I have done. I am sure that other places in England will offer up some earthly presents. I collected one from France which is called French lake slip.

The clay being churned up

The clay being churned up


They are used at the all the temperatures I work at,the higher the temperature the more change there is, some go from brown at 1060 to green at 1300 reduced.


Slips are a great way to decorate a pot .



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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