I started my apprenticeship with Mike Goddard on the 7th January 2014, for
the next 12 months. Mike lives between England, Bequia and France. It has
been a full month of learning ... throwing, wedging, glazing, firing, tile
making and much more... I am enjoying every part of it!!! Mike and Maggie
are both very good teachers and there is a lot to learn!!! How exciting!!
On the first day, I started with packing a stoneware biscuit firing,
following the firing... Keeping an eye on the kiln temperature, making sure
that it followed a certain graph and, above all, checking that temperature
was going up and not down.
In the first week I Helped pack a rail kiln, gas fired.
During this week I was also assigned my first project, making 6 mugs,
decorated with sgraffito techniques.... mission accomplished!! Hummm...
not sure about pulling handles, so I used a different method, and kept
practising every day... it's getting better...
By the second week my project was designing a beaker...set of 6 beakers with a jug.
Well.. mission accomplished.
Third week, tile making, trittico!! (a triptych) Well I managed to do a
trittico and a set of 4 tiles. I have now decided that I will make a tile
border for it, I think it will look much better!! Mission is accomplished in
part as a new idea has developed.
For my fourth week I have to create a clock, mixing the techniques of
throwing and hand building..let's see how will go...
I have not just concentrated on my projects, but helped in the pottery with
all sort of tasks, from recycling clay, making glazes, waxing, and
improving my throwing. I am also learning repetitive throwing with GP
bowls.. It is not a Gran Prix bowl but a General Purpose!! :-)
I would like to thank you all, Adopt a Potter's organiser and you,
the donator, for creating such a wonderful opportunity!!