Harvest home

August 27, 2010

Considering what happened last bank holiday weekend (see a rather reckless post) I won’t discuss the weather this time. Instead, some more seasonal pots.

At this time of year I like to make pots to celebrate the last of the summer, and ‘all the summer’s fruitful treasure’ (Nash) – especially big punch jugs of the old fashioned kind that used to come round at the harvest home full of sharp new cider or hoppy beer. This curvaceous jug takes more than a couple of litres, and helps the jollity on with a lovely inscription from Herrick:

Come Sons of Summer – by whose toil

We are the lords of Wine and Oil –

Crowned with the Ears of Corn now come

And to the pipe sing Harvest Home.

I also like to make big bread plates with wheat ears, poppies and cornflowers – the inscription on this one’s by John Clare.

I love the combination of the glowing golden ochre and a clear azure blue that we (sometimes) see so much in August. One of the first pots I made in these colours (in 1993) was this open flared bowl with a lovely inscription by John Clare:

All these pots are thrown on the wheel in white stoneware and decorated with freehand brushwork in underglaze oxides, under a clear glaze fired to 1255 degrees. They are fully useable, waterproof and sturdy, and each is a signed one-off. Prices from £70

If you’d like to know more about these pots or any of my work, please leave me a note in the comments box below, or click on contact details for other ways to get in touch.

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