Messing about with clay

A group of us (plus two friends from Hayle WI) spent today at the Murley Hall having a wonderfully messy time with lumps of clay!

Samme Charlesworth displays some of her techniques

Samme Charlesworth displays some of her techniques

Local ceramicist Samme Charlesworth instructed us, beginning with some fun exercises. One of those involved us forming 20 very quick little clay objects in 20 minutes – one minute per piece. We wound up with everything from peas to cats to flipflops!

20 tiny pieces in 20 minutes!

20 tiny pieces in 20 minutes!

Before taking our lunch break, we rolled out slabs of lovely soft clay and let it dry a little. Then after lunch, we decorated it using paint and all sorts of bits and pieces to add texture and interest. And then came the fun part! Making our pieces!

Sue working on her vase

Sue working on her vase

Some of us wrapped our clay around bottles, using the bottles as forms to shape a vase. And some of us made small dishes and even coasters.

Sue, Liz, Margie, Alison and Lis wield their rolling pins

Sue, Liz, Margie, Alison and Lis wield their rolling pins

Of course, all this was done with the usual scrummy cake, thanks to Lis Davies and Val Puddiphatt.

And cake. There is always cake.

And cake. There is always cake.

The hard part now is waiting a couple of weeks for our pieces to dry and to be fired twice. Stay tuned for more photos once we get our work back! In the meantime, have a look at the rest of today’s photos here.

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