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Recent Stoneware, Dishes and Pictures

In the most recent stoneware firing there were several pieces using a new ash glaze, whose significant ingredient was bramble ash from the garden bonfire. This used as a “Jun” glaze produced a pleasing pale blue with a very good surface. Over sgraffittoed iron oxide slip, the glaze produced a lustrous copper colour.

Besides the new bramble glaze, there were several ceramic pictures, using a variety of oil-spot, jun and tenmoku glazes. Three of these pictures, and some of the bramble-ash-glaze dishes appeared in the Mill Cove Gallery’s new volume of Irish Ceramics.

Recent Pictures

During Covid-19 lockdown, the late Alwyn Gillespie (d.11th.September 2021) started a Picture-a-Day Whatsapp group and asked me to join it. Which led to me starting life-drawing again….of the nearest available models…our cats. These are all small paintings, pen and ink and brush-pen on card. They have now been collected into a book, due out later in October this year, to illust rate Christopher Smart’s 1763 poem, “For I will consider my cat Jeoffry.”

October 2021 Earthenware

Recent earthenware

Cardew and Students at the Oxford Ceramics Gallery, 13th. May 2017

Delighted to be included in the exhibition “Cardew and Students” at the Oxford Ceramics Gallery, May 13th – June 17th 2017. Three of my “kraak” ware jun glazed plates sold at the opening. All the more surprising as my work is unknown in the UK. The latest batch of these plates is filed under “Latest”, but here are the three that sold.


“Kraak” ware Jun glazed dinner plate.
Cobalt over jun fern fish dinner plate
Cobalt over jun “kraak” ware fish dinner plate

Michael O’Brien dishes

Adding a board of Michael O’Brien’s dishes to Pinterest