Coiling with Terracotta

Seeing the implications of using porcelain, I decided to try and use terracotta both smoth and grogged. This allowed me to built quicker, but thinking back what really got me into porcelain was its tactility at vitrification level.  I tested some samples at higher temperature and well above the maximum 1170°C mentioned by the supplier. I took it to 1280°C achieving some great results using my tin glaze and some great vitrification.

Moving into big scale will probably show me what terracotta can really do and hopefully not damages to kilns or peoples work.

Probably need to make more samples in different clays to compares the different qualities. Perhaps looking at different atmospheres like reduction.


According to Alison Britton, the ‘vessel’ points to a particular set of values, as if it has a special status, it says ‘this is not just a pot, this has some extra qualities’. Spiritual, metaphorical, aesthetic. She is drawn to use ordinary words and making something magical, in the same way that she would never use porcelain because she wants to make exciting stuff out of ordinary materials.


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BA (Hons) 2nd Year Ceramics student at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Love experimenting with material and techniques and work on a range of medium.

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