Wattlefield Pottery

Pottery for daily life - handcrafted by Andrea Young

About Andrea Young

I’m Andrea Young.  I make wheel – thrown pottery for daily life at my tiny studio in Wattlefield, Norfolk, UK.

I work with stoneware clay to produce domestic items that can be enjoyed and treasured as part of daily life. Each of my pieces has their own natural dignity, individual characteristics, and charm.

So that you can get to meet the creator of these pieces, I exhibit my work locally within Norfolk where I can be found at craft markets and country shows. My studio opens during Norwich and Norfolk Open Studios fortnight each year and links to these events can be found on my Events page.

 

Wattlefield Pottery - Andrea Young - Photo ByBee Photography

The studio I work in is just big enough for my wheel, kiln, and small work bench. There’s no heating or water, for the water I have an old fashioned wash stand.

 

Wattlefield Pottery - Andrea Young - Photo ByBee Photography

My pots are made, dried, and then fired for 12 hours to 1000°C in an electric kiln. Glaze is then applied to the pots and the pots are fired once more for 12 hours but this time to 1260°C.

I also enjoy other processes of pottery making such as Raku. This gives me an opportunity to try something experimental and the results for raku are decorative as opposed to being functional.

Glazed pots for raku are fired in a kiln made from an oil drum lined with kiln fibre. A gas burner is used for fuel.

Unlike the 12 hour glaze firing for my domestic ware; raku pots are put through rapid heating to 1000°C in approximately one hour. This makes the pots very susceptible to cracking due to thermal shock during this type of process and heavily grogged clay is used to try and prevent losses, but they are sometimes inevitable.

Once the glaze is sufficiently melted, the pots are removed from the kiln and immediately placed into bins of sawdust. Pots become blackened with soot from the sawdust. This has to be scrubbed off with soapy water and a wire brush before the final results can be revealed. 

Raku Pottery from the burning sawdust. Photograph by Ruth Gillett.
Raku Pottery by Andrea Young.

Oxides used in the glaze preparation, such as copper, turn metallic in a reduction atmosphere [created by the sawdust]. The final results are always random, and the amount of lustre and copper flashing is unique to each pot.

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