SCOTTISH POTTERS & BASKETMAKERS
Cromarty autumn 2007
On the Black Isle overlooking Cromarty Firth and village, the converted stables of Cromarty House became the ideal setting for our autumn 2007 workshop. Tim Palmer, basketmaker and admirer of Hans Coper pots had already built the willow framework for what was to be a recreation of a prehistoric kiln. Andrew Appleby from Orkney (the Harray Potter) -a keen archaeologist- arrived along with some Scottish Potters to load up with raw and bisque fired pots. Barbel Dister, who has a nearby studio and was organising the weekend, had puddled vast quantities of clay in a bath ready for daubing and spreading three inches thick on to the wicker frame to complete the kiln building. A tiny goddess and several other deities were set into thoughtfully planned crannies and a clay door was marked and cut onto the side separated from the clay walls by newspaper and complete with bone handles. Max the collie dog was very interested in those bones.
the basket maker was adept with the fire. Lots of us helped move firewood
supplied by resident potter Peter Fisher.
Next morning Andrew
demonstrated the making of prehistoric pottery using his knee as a mould and
We joined in and made some pots ourselves.
Meanwhile the kiln was stoked up and cracks patched with clay until it reached a side-splitting 1140oC
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