David Roberts

This weekend I had a visitor to the house, David Roberts (http://www.davidroberts-ceramics.com/) who is recognised as being responsible for reintroducing Raku into general popularity, both in the UK and the US, particularly "Naked Raku". I love his work and bought a piece (see above). Meeting him, and his lovely wife, Jan, was a pleasure. He was exactly the sort of slightly larger than life character you would expect from someone who had spent 25 years building his craft. But, as interestingly for me, is the way he has built his brand image and on line persona. The way he is "recognised" and "has been described as" everywhere you look on line is testament to his work in this area. It is not

Ceramifacturing - living in a semi ctrl-Z world

Been working on making moulds and casting pieces over the last few weeks. Particularly using 3D printing to produce the forms I use to make the moulds. The level of control, and the ability to change one aspect at a time to improve the final result being very appealing to me. People say I'm a perfectionist, but really I just like things to be right! An interesting aspect of this type of work is that in planning the piece and designing the form the wonderful two buttons on the computer Ctrl-Z are always there to allow me to step back on the mistakes, I mean sub-optimal steps. The downside of this is that when you actually step into the studio Ctrl-Z no longer applies! When I start to tidy up

Rage against the machinations

Course work for professional development is a big necessary evil. I recognise that I need to have a professional plan, but equally I mainly learn by doing, and by handling what goes wrong when it happens. Having got to this point in my career, where I am in effect retired, I don't need to treat this as quite the job that the HNC course encourages me to do. I guess the key point is to take the bits I really need. The focus on goals, with the main goal of "becoming a ceramic artist focused on slip casting". I believe that there is a market available in that area, and it is one that I can become a leader in, because there are few people racing in that area. But I am not doing this for the recog

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