I’m enormously grateful to Adam Buick for letting me come over and join him as he opened his kiln, discussing materials and processes he uses as we unpacked. Adam’s use of local materials, particularly gravel-sand from Abereiddy Bay as temper / grog, seaweed and a clay from a Aber Mawr (where we both spent much of our childhoods) in his glazes, really interested me. You are on the right lane as you approach Adam’s workshop as you encounter pieces by a gateway, the pond……
Photographs – RB – courtesy AB
Adam’s Moon Jars outside his studio
Aber Mawr glaze
During September I was lucky enough to visit Muchelney Pottery in Somerset and to join John Leach, Nick Rees, Mark Melbourne and the team for 24 hours during one of their legendary wood firings. I am hoping that wood firing will be a key feature of the way my work progresses over the coming years.
I subsequently also visited Douglas Philips on John and Nick’s recommendation to explore the idea of sustainable wood firing further. Douglas has developed a renowned expertise in this area and extensive experience in using Fred Olsen quick- fire downdraft kilns and developing his own kiln designs (the latest “Dora” proving incredibly efficient and successful).