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Laurence McGowan - thrower and painter of pots
Laurence McGowan is the potter featured in this programme. We see him turn a jug on the wheel: the programme then focuses on Laurences painting techniques. He uses a very fluid style with simple bold brush strokes to create natural images leaves, branches and birds on this occasion. Detail is left to the imagination and the colours are subtle tones. The programme highlights the speed and confidence of an expert in their craft. Below are listed the various stages needed to achieve this finished product, some of which are not shown in the programme.
- Jug made or thrown on wheel
- Handle attached next day after some drying
- Jug allowed to dry thoroughly
- Jug fired in what is known as biscuit or bisque firing to 960° C
- Still porous, when dipped in glaze the jug sucks up a coating which becomes a white glaze powder when dry
- Jug painted at this stage need for quick, confident work since very absorbent
- After painting the jug goes back into kiln to be fired at 1260° C the glaze powder melts and forms shiny white glaze with the painting incorporated within
This programme, of course, features only one aspect of Laurences work.