A variety of individual hand-made finials made at my workshop in Devon. They offer the opportunity to add a unique character to your house, or on a gatepost, or as a garden feature. They reference the Victorian features still seen on houses of quality but also the strong tradition of folk art seen in Brittany.
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The alarm set fot 5.30am for a (very) early start to go round the old Sassoon Docks nearby where the daily inshore catch is sorted unloaded and bought by the women who are the wholesale merchants. They are the power and the money. Though the fishermen are also rich. An astonishing variety of fish of […]
The video shows me throwing the first stage for one of the finials, using 7 kilos of clay. It needs to be slightly firmer than usual to sustain the weight of itself.
In the old days country potters would throw smaller pots quickly, within minutes, but the larger ones always took longer. A slight deviation in a small pot can be remedied but not when it is this size.
It then has to dry out and firm up sufficiently for it to have decoration and additions made to it, perhaps in two or three days time depending on the time of year.
If it has an attached roof tile this is made at the same time as throwing and attached using a saddle for support.
The last stages are covering in white slip and then glaze before being allowed to dry out and once-fired in the wood-fired kiln.