Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Business as usual at Argyll Pottery :)

The bird feeders are always a good seller & the birds are always good advertising.....certainly cover the cost of their seeds & peanuts.
Now now no need to argue with each other.....there's plenty to go around.

This is our horses head that Alan made which keeps a watchful eye over the gallery at Argyll Pottery.
Hope you all like the winter scene, the wee houses & church can be bought separately for people to make there own Christmas scene at home. Little tip for you to recreate this.....use hairspray & icing sugar to get the snow effect :) The car crashing into the tree is just a wee extra authenticity.
& last of all I just wanted to show how great the pottery is looking at the moment after getting the outside of the building stripped back & resurfaced, looking good as new :)

Sunday, 3 October 2010

chim chiminee :)

Hey there folks, just thought id pop by with some pics of the latest firing to let everybody know that all is well at Argyll Pottery :) I've been up giving them a hand for a bit just over there busy period. Here's Hugh filling out the log book, he takes note of the temp every 15 minutes.

Got a good reduction going from the front of the kiln.......

& the back.

Sorry I haven't got pics of the results but I headed home before the kiln had cooled but I'm sure it all went well :)

Monday, 21 December 2009

My last post.

Well folks thanks for viewing my blog & leaving such nice comments but this will be my last post from Argyll Pottery. I'm unknown if it will be for good or you might see me back here next year at some point, we'll see.
I have built a make shift pottery of my own on a spare piece of land at my Dads house in Glasgow & I'm hoping to make shapes & designs of my own for the first time, which is very exciting. The pottery is nearly there but still got the kiln to build so fingers crossed it goes to plan.
The picture I have inserted in this post was stunning view I had from the flat above the pottery.

Merry Christmas to you all & good luck in the New Year.

Many thanks, Nicola Lindsay

Monday, 30 November 2009

Nice new pots.

Here are some of my pots that came out the last firing. This first pic is our bird feeders which stand on the top of a post, the birds love them.
The second picture looks a bit squint but hey.....these are my wine jugs, which got real good ash.

This is my handled bowl with the tenmoku (think thats spelt right) with the rutile slip painted on top of the glaze.
Here is a small collection of the tulip vases done in the granite glaze with again the rutile slip painted on top of the glaze, which gives the golden colours.
Here is another of my mousey pots, thought I would try it in the granite glaze this time but this pic doesnt show the colours at its best.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

The latest firing.

Hi there, sorry it has been so long since my last post as I've been having some problems with uploading pictures that had been taken with another camera, so I'm back to my camera phone pics.
This is our latest firing, its a bit of a mixed kiln, wee bit of everything in this firing. Here in the pic below, just a few bricks down & we could see straight away that we got good ash & good reduction :)
This is our front stack: I like to compare the difference between the before first pic & the after pic below, all zingy & toasty :)
& this is our back stack.......
I know the past 2 posts have been firings with nothing in between as if there has been nothing going on here at the pottery but that's so far from the truth. I will def be back with the goings on of whats been happening :)

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

The after pics :)

Another firing well done, loads of nice new pots for the shop. Couldn't help taking some pics before the bricks were even down, always an exciting but nervous part when you first see the outcome of six weeks work.
Glazes all came out well, got good reduction & great wood ash. There were so many different things we needed for the shop, so we done our best to have a good selection of pots.

Here is the after pic of Hugh's mug's & coffee cups, this is only some of them.........

These are some of my first lamp bases, pleased with how they turned out, just need to rub them down, wire them up & glue the lids on :)

& last but not least my wee mouse pot......this started its life as a lamp base but I've had thoughts of putting different animals on a range of pots, so it ended up with a cheeky little mouse as a stopper. He didn't hang around in the shop for long, he was out the door within 2 days to a loving home.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Hard to believe a year has passed.

It is one year today since Alan's accident & we thought the best way to remember him was to show the pottery is still going strong. Here are some pics of the last weeks firing.

Pics of pots will follow soon.