I am in the middle of many changes at the moment getting ready to move house, it’s amazing how deep the roots are.


The kiln at the bottom of the garden had been cleared away and some of the bricks recycled .

There has been a firing at my friend Tina’s house, which was a disaster as some of the lower temperature stoneware got mixed in with the higher and melted all over the kiln shelves, this is not the first time I have done this. A very embarrassing thing to happen, I have two stamps one for each temperature, something went wrong. Luckily Tina still loves me and has forgiven me after 10 shelves were cleaned and re washed. The bat wash saved the day and the melted pots came off easily.



We had a holiday in France mainly to visit La Borne pottery village and most of all to go to Guedelon castle. Which was open unlike the pottery village that was mostly shut, the people we did see were unhelpful rude and generally unwelcoming, which was sad.

Guedelon had some kilns there , a large one for tiles and smaller ones for pottery, the clay is dug about 30 metres away from the large kiln and fires tiles, roof and floor, all beautifully varied terracotta. They were selling pottery made for them with the Guedelon  mark I bought a jug, similar to my lunchtime wine jug. They were also making their own bread which was amazing wood fired bread, as soon as another batch came out it was sold inn a flash.

Earlier in the week I bought some clay from the pottery gallery and found out where the clay was being dug and processed, after much research on google maps and street view we found the exact location. After a 25 mile journey we found it and yet again it was closed, despite a big board outside saying they were ouvert. Maybe it’s a different attitude in France from UK but usually you sell more when you are open.


The clay is very black and I didn’t find out anything about the details, where it’s dug, what it’s geology is, nothing. The leaflet says it fires to 1320 and that’s all folks.



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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2 Responses to STUFF WOT HAS GAWN ON

  1. Rebecca Hope says:

    Hi Tim nice to meet you earlier today at Eastbourne and your work was beautiful.
    I came with my friend David and you told us about finding your clay and your friend who is opening a space in Hastings. I would love to know more about that.

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