“I’ve only managed to make six successful ones,” reveals Andrew, an elected member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. It’s the most difficult piece I do and I’m still developing the technique. I find that throwing the shape over two days has more success than trying to do it in one go.
I throw a cylinder of clay on the first day and allow it to firm up. Then on the next day I expand the form to create the rounded shape. I then trim and turn it and using a variety of decorating techniques to apply different cobalt blue slips, a range of blue shades are created to achieve the final design. It takes several days to produce one large vase.”
The first two will be exhibited for £160 each at the RBSA Members and Associates exhibition from November 23 to December 23.