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Emily Myers - Potter
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Emily Myers - Potter

Programme Outline

Emily makes a pot.

Emily kneads and bangs the clay — a process known as ‘wedging’. This is essential to remove air bubbles and make the clay workable. She then throws the clay onto the wheel and shapes the pot using her hands, brushes and card as tools. She uses water to lubricate the clay so that her hands glide over it. When the pot is dry it is fired twice, first without glaze at 1000°C and secondly, after glazing, at a higher temperature. The whole process lasts about 4 hours, but takes place over several days.