Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Final Fettling!

I won’t know now until September 22nd if the kiln is going to be kind to me, you never quite know with pottery!

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Philip Leach – A Pot for the Festival in September

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Philip says:

‘ Recently a customer bought a large ‘harvest jug’ of mine which celebrated the Harland Carnival. He made the link with Grayson Perry who is famous for using pots to express his thoughts and ideas in a mixture of drawings and texts. I explained that historically the large harvest jugs of N.Devon as well as some smaller jugs were vehicles for carrying certain events, in the same mixture of drawings and rhymes. We are working in the slipware medium; the decorating technique is Sgraffitto.

On this jug – A New England Cargo- a commission I should add – I have tried to combine images of sailing with the kinds  of pots and the kiln firing.

I made the jug last Tuesday, handled it on Thursday and slipped it on Friday. With this current warm weather the clay is drying very much quicker so catching the pot for the sgraffitto decorating, vigilence was necessary. Sunday 2 pm I started sgraffitto for 3 hours then another 2 hours this morning [Monday] I will spend a final hour this evening. The top third is now almost too dry to comfortably work on.’

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With this current warm weather the clay is drying very much quicker so catching the pot for the sgraffitto vigilence was necessary.Sunday 2 pm I started sgraffitto for 3 hours then another 2 hours this morning[Monday] I will spend a final hour this evening. The top third is now almost too dry to comfortably work on.

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Harry Juniper’s birthday cake.

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Harry Juniper celebrated North Devon contemporary potter, channels historic North Devon ceramic forms and motifs. This cake for his milestone birthday celebrates his work. It not only looks amazing, it tasted wonderful too-two flavours, one was appropriately cider -yumm!

Helena Jaeschke of Bydown Bakery cake maker extraordinaire created this cake.

So good Peter Stringer took a photo.

 

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Film premiere!

Film show ad for Harry J ex July 2013 copy

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July 17, 2013 · 9:59 am

Talk by Harry Juniper on the northern Devon pottery tradition .

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Talk by Harry Juniper on the northern Devon pottery tradition – The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

The Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon would like to invite you to a talk being given by Harry Juniper on the northern Devon pottery tradition.

Renowned for his wonderfully decorated jugs, using the sgraffito technique and style which has been a tradition with local pottery in this area for centuries.  Harry will be here at the Museum on the evening of Thursday 18th July 2013 from 7 ~ 8pm. 

Now based in Bideford Harry made his first harvest jug in 1958 for the Torrington Town Crier, Burt Waldron, using the traditional sgraffito style of decoration which had been used on North Devon pottery since the 17th century.

Over the years Harry has made thousands of harvest jugs, some with designs depicting political stories, a naughty postcard series, Dad’s Army, as well as specially commissioned jugs to celebrate various events and occasions.

Drawing inspiration for his pieces from his inherent sense of humour and from quirky, fun and topical stories locally and nationally, Harry has now been behind the wheel for nearly 66 years and still turns out fantastic pots in his studio at the Ropewalk Gallery in Bideford.

So keep your diary free for the evening of the 18th July and come and join Harry for what should be a fun and informative talk! 

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Events for the September Festival of Pottery

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July 2, 2013 · 2:29 pm

North Devon Festival of Pottery September 2013 poster

FESTIVAL OF POTTERY POSTER - thisHIGH RES copy

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July 2, 2013 · 2:15 pm