The pottery at Drym is in its own building – a converted barn beside the geese and chickens. Our fully equiped ceramic studio with two potters wheels, one manual and one electric. We have a small kiln and a variety of clays, moulds, and pottery reference books. There is easy access to the studio which has been insulated and fitted with a wood burning stove and is now snug and light in both winter and summer.
Clients can make stab pots/work, coil pots, mould work and thrown items. We draw on many techniques for decoration and embellishment, using coloured slips, glazes, undercolours, scrifitos, and imprinting. We work in small groups on a very informal basis, encouraging clients to use various techniques to explore their creativity.
Clay lends itself to a very wide range of activities and caters for all abilities – it can be highly technical and skilled but equally loose and creative. Some clients choose to throw on the wheel and many develop their own basic line of interest. Some work very directly with the clay making masks, figures and animals.
On occasions the pottery group have shared a theme with the gardening group, items have been made for the peace garden and the alphabet garden, on another occasion theme of insects were taken so that large spiders, bugs and butterflies would adorn the flower bed. Cornwall College has combined with Drym and put on ceramic and painting courses leading to the clients completing at various levels.
This spring in the pottery, we have been making bird feeders using pinching, coiling and slab building techniques. Each one has been very individual with people really putting their own ideas into the making process. We are looking forward to hanging some at Drym Valley, to watch the birds enjoying them!
We have also been slip casting using white earthenware in moulds. This is more of an industrial technique, and produces a nice ‘blank canvas’ for painting individual designs before glazing. We have cast mugs, garden ornaments and trinket boxes.
Our next project will continue the spring theme around birds, and we will make some ceramic nesting boxes.