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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.

Baby it’s the last time

What with the end of the world and other cheerful things coming up, I decided to call time on the kiln at the bottom of my garden ( actually the fairies had threaten legal action if we didn’t stop). So … Continue reading

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Gawd it’s been a while

Hello there ( sounds like i’m hailing a ship out at sea, picture for reference )   What with the end of the year coming up n all I thought I would say HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a good new year … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Kiln building course at Forest Row school of ceramics.

I saw the ad on Joe Finch’s facebook post and as It was quite near to me I decided to attend. Katrina who’s school it is laid on really lovely weather for the whole duration.           … Continue reading

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Christmas fairs

As you all probably know that at the end of the year we celebrate Christmas. As we get older I feel that it loses a little and it’s harder to regain the real feeling of Christmas. I think that the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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RAKU 2016 ( our tenth year ).

This year’s Raku firing was our tenth year, we lost count of the number,we had some years more than one. The weather changed the day before the firing from 24 plus to 15-16 so quite a drop,but it was dry. … Continue reading

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