4:14pm Monday 18th October 2010
Have you ever had the yearning to throw a pot? In this instance not at your husband! Well your wish could have been granted if you had attended Budock’s meeting on October 13.
Mrs Jewell, speaker for the evening, had a lovely array of her jugs etc for members to examine and she began by telling a little about herself and the pottery she makes.
She trained in St Ives and for five years she made and sold her pottery in the craft market there.
She uses stoneware clay obtained from St Agnes, which is resilient, and high firing. She makes all her own glazes from local tin, copper, iron etc, which accounts for the unique colours of her pots.
She then started to “throw” a pot. She used a pound of clay and centred the clay with wet hands on her portable wheel. The clay rose and fell as she made a bowl. Next she fashioned a jug which took eight ounces of clay. She demonstrated how to pull the clay to make handles for jugs, mugs etc, which she then attached with a mixture of clay and water, called slip. At her studio this would then go into the kiln at 1000 degrees when it would become bisque and then it would be glazed at a much higher temperature. The next thing she did was to show how to make a plate and saucer, using a very different technique. Members were then offered a turn at the wheel.
Several members had a go, suitably garbed in a big apron. They produced quite credible articles, with Mrs Jewel’s help and she took the thrown goods home to fire and glaze for the budding potters. At the end of the demonstration she was thanked by Ann and members agreed that they would like her to return at a later date.
Previous to the demonstration the President, Mrs Head, was welcomed back to the meeting. She then gave the month’s news. The Harvest Supper and Auction had been very successful. The WI ran a “chocobla” stall, all prizes are chocolate, at the Playing Field Association coffee morning.
Members were reminded about Cornwall Denman Week, when the Cornish WI’s take over the college, and, much nearer in time, on October 23, the archive day at Chy Noweth, when the WI records are opened. This promises to be fascinating!
Two county lunches are open to members, to make Christmas decorations.
Ladies in the Budock area, do come and join in. Meetings are on the second Wednesday in the month at 2pm for the winter and in the evening in the summer.
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