"To create compelling pots one has to dig deep within yourself. You have to notice what you notice in the world around you. Notice what moves you. It's a question of making your thoughts and feelings real. It can be so easy to fall back on some conventional tropes. In the end, as cliché as it may sound, the artist has to follow their muses..."
John Maltby, one of Britain's most respected and versatile artists, has been working in clay for over 50 years. Born in 1936 in Lincolnshire, UK, he studied sculpture at the Leicester College of Art and at Goldsmith’s College in London. For two years afterward, he taught painting at a small private boys school where he met his future wife, Heather.
You might find it relatively easy to center a round, symmetrical form on the potter's wheel for trimming just by placing coils of clay around the rim of the pot. But once you start to throw and alter forms many of them don't end up symmetrical. When it comes time to trim a foot on plates that have been squared off, pitchers with spouts and three sided cups, centering for trimming can get a bit more complicated.
Kiln shelves are the supportive structure that we fire our work on and we rely on them for successful firings. There are many kiln shelf options available; depending on the type of firing you may be doing, there are also key features to consider when deciding which shelves suit you.
Oh, the power of beautiful things! Most of mine offer something of the human heart and the human hand that remind me of the mysterious and beautiful nature of creativity itself. I find joy in having these beautiful things in my life.