The difference between the amateur and professional maker is that the amateur spends more time in the studio, or rather, professionals spends a higher proportion of their hours in activities other than making. For me, that’s planning, designing, glaze calculations, selling, packing and dispatching, looking for new exhibition opportunities, networking, visiting exhibitions, reading, bookkeeping and admin.

I’ve been developing new glazes and planning a range of standard tableware in stoneware, which doesn’t produce many interesting pictures, but here’s a successful glaze test getting just the right shade of turquoise and just the right surface texture. It’s a line blend of stains and copper oxide. Since you ask, the best one is No. 4.

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