John Davenport

Potfest has been and gone, despite Summer not having yet reached the Lake District. This year was another stimulating event which left us already thinking ahead to next year. Planters proved a good theme for the competition, with the exhibition tables well stocked with a wide range of interpretations. As usual, August has been a period of introspection (roughly translated as catching up on jobs avoided earlier), but now the ceramic  thoughts are beginning to re-surface - hopefully with some interesting results in the months ahead.

Which still leaves time for experiments with glazes and oxide colours. In my mind they are always going to be perfect. They never are, but there is still enough to persuade me to try another batch.

My interest in more ‘paintily’ designs, using coloured porcelain slips over a craft crank or New Drayton stoneware body seems set to continue. I feel this route has much more to offer and am looking forward to building on the start provided by the pots shown here.

These recent pots have also got larger - those pictured here are between 35 and 40 cm. tall, which is encouraging me to be more open with my decoration.

I want these new pots to suggest rather than dictate, leaving room for the observer to make their own choices. If I can also raise a few question marks in peoples’ minds, that will be a bonus. The three images below are some of the earliest forays into this new world, so I like to feel I am making progress.