This year’s Raku firing ( 2017 ) The last one .

After 11 years and some 15 firings I decided to make this year’s one, the last . It was getting difficult for people to make their stuff without an evening class to make it at.

When getting out the metal boxes, I lifted the lid and discovered a very angry wasp nest inside, I was stung three times, after a very quick visit to the doctor was able to get some anti drugs, I have a funny reaction to wasps. We had three new glazes this time two that I had made Simply Red and T1, Tina had made one called Turqueltina .

Marilyn’s pebble


We started at 10 and the first firing at 11, the forecast was dodgy but it was very comfortable and sunny. Some of the glazes start to work later in the day but this time the results were good all the time. Star piece of the day must be Arlene’s torsos fired twice, I have never seen so many colours, she is selling them at a naturists fete, should really be naked raku.


Thank you to everyone who came along and thank you to everyone who has attended for the last eleven years.

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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