Here is a new blog on pottery by artist and potter Jacob Bodilly
jacob bodilly pottery
A 0 can be added to its price without flinching. .
This is such a bowl. One of the finest pieces to come out of the Studio last year.
A bowl like this fits a particular person; this one now belongs to my dear friend David Collen of the Essence of Tea.
Here you can read a new
Cornwall living article
about my studio.
Spent the last 8 weeks producing a new range of tableware for a clothing company.
It was a good experience, but cant wait to get my life back and move on to something else.
Sometimes one pushes ones self too much.. I need a holiday!
Michel Francois Kiln Opening Event
Saturday 21st September 2013 / 3pm to 5pm
On Saturday 21st September, West Cornwall based potter Michel Francois welcomes the public to another of his ever popular kiln opening events. Visitors will be first to enjoy the unique results of this firing and see his elegant porcelain emerge warm from the kiln.
This new collection of studio pottery showcases the luminous, translucent beauty of Celadon glaze, in subtle duck egg blues inspired by Korean and Japanese porcelain, imperial yellow, and milky white satin glazes inspired by the Sui and Tang dynasty.
Pieces range from bowls and serving dishes to wine cups and flower jugs alongside statement pieces such as tulip vases, fine jars and larger works.
This event will coincide with the launch of the new range of contemporary porcelain designed by Francois’ for Espressini Artisan Coffee house, Falmouth.
Michel has also recently co-designed and produced a new range of tableware for the Eden project and his work has been shown at galleries in Paris, London, Edinburgh and at the International Teabowl Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan.
Visitors to this free event are welcome between 3 and 5pm.
Chinese tea will be served and works are available for purchase, with prices ranging from £10 to £500.
For further information contact Michel Francois Porcelain,
The Rural Workshops, Breage, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 9NW / 01736 448002
I would like to let you know that this summer in collaboration with the Leach Pottery and the St Ives september festival we have launched the first even Cornwall Ceramics Trail !!
Check out the new blog to view the vibrant talent west Cornwall has to offer.
cornwall ceramics trail
I thought it good to post a few more images of what is on offer regarding my new work.
Why do I have FIRE written on my back? I think it may be time to open..
But not that much too hot.. I think Metin is right this is mission accomplished.
When I first started working with ceramics I thought glazes were not interesting, being way too bold and fat, hiding the purity of form and the pulsating quality of the wet clay.
For many years I turned to sculpture and thought ceramics too limiting as I felt the glazes stifled the form.
Then seeing the ancient Raku bowls, the Sung and the Chosun Pots, I realised how mistaken I was!
I then tirelssly tryed to make glazes that could generate an emotional response.
Ceramic surfaces, like fabric are limitless in their appeal..
I believe their very nature is somewhat 'mysterious' and can trigger wonder, and emotion.
I believe pots can hold an 'essence' .
glaze is like skin- the interface- the point of contact drawing the viewer in, inviting us to touch..
In this case a sensual milkyness, something soft that seems palpable, fluid, tender yet firm.
based on my reseach into the ancient White chinese glazes.
I don't think I will change much to it now. Probably my finest glaze!
I thought you might all enjoy a bit of writing about what makes Sung Ceramics so fascinating.
Like the sculpture of Constantin Brancusi, these ancient pots seem to capture so much essence in their simplicity. With the Korean Chosun dynasty pots, made at about the same time, they never seem to loose their grip on me. I've been sucked in .. and will forever continue to be inspired by them.
I have already sold it the famous Ceramicist Roger Michell.
I now have a professional craft photographer Paul Mounsey. He understands pots as he has spent 5 years working with a potter.
Voici un nouveau bol à Thé.
'Tache d'huile' ancienne glazure chinoise.
West Cornwall based potter Michel Francois’ elegant tea ware is inspired by the beauty and simplicity of ceramics from the Far East. Creating functional vessels with a pure, sculptural quality, Francois’ pieces are explorations of form and colour.
On Saturday 11th May, Francois welcomes the public to one of his regular kiln opening events at The Rural Workshops, Breage, timed to make sure the ash-wood glazed porcelain emerges still warm from the kiln. Visitors will be first to see the unique results of this firing, the simple, sensuous ceramics in subtle and beautiful blues, reds, whites and blacks.
Creating his own glazes using feldspar, Cornish stone and ash from local trees such as chestnut, ash, and beech, Francois’ work is kiln fired for twelve hours at temperatures of over 1300c. Employing a reduction firing technique which starves the kiln of oxygen, minerals and oxides from inside the clay are drawn to the surface to react with the ash glaze, ensuring that each piece is completely unique.
Previously a sculptor, French born Francois settled in Cornwall in 1999 after travelling and studying in Europe. Whilst studying at Falmouth University he was assistant to well known sculptor Tim Shaw. Graduating in 2002, Francois worked as a public art sculptor for 'artonic', and after discovering a love of clay and in particular the ceramic ware of the Far East, became an apprentice at the Leach Pottery in St Ives. From there, Francois set up his own studio outside Helston.
He recently co-designed and produced a new range of tableware for the Eden project, and his work has been shown at galleries in Paris, London, Edinburgh and at the International Teabowl exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan. Visitors to this event are welcome between 3pm and 6pm. Chinese Oolong tea will be served and works are available for purchase, with prices ranging from £10 to £500.
Francois' studio is 2 miles from Helston, signposted on the B3302 between Helston and Hayle. For further information contact Michel Francois Porcelain, The Rural Workshops, Breage, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 9NW / 01736 448002 firstname.lastname@example.org / www.michelfrancois.com
(photo credit Paul Mounsey)
Last saturday I opened the Kiln to the public for the first time ..
It was a great success!
Russian tea and chocolate cake was served..
As far as big teapots go this was perfect!
Thank you to all my friends for helping out to make this a great event.