Jon Williams Pottery

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Trial & error…lots of error!

Potter's wheel failed experiments by artist Jon WilliamsI thought it would be a doddle making the final sections for the apples yesterday – how wrong was I!? Even though I have well over 20 years of making things on the potter’s wheel, it took me a couple of hours to suss out the technique without the clay warping and collapsing. New shapes – new ways of working!

Throwing on top

Ceramic apples by potter Jon Williams in construction at his herefordshire studioPottery apples under construction by artist Jon Williams Herefordshirex8 giant clay apples made by Herefordshire Ceramic artist Jon Williams






In order to get the ‘right’ shape, I sometimes have to make things on the potter’s wheel in sections. Giant apples certainly demand the ‘throwing on top’ method of construction where by the base is thrown, allowed to harden for stability (leather hard) and then fresh clay attached to the top and I’m off again. These terracotta beauts still need a third section thrown in and angled down to achieve the effect.

Drying pots

Ribbed cylinders created by ceramic artist Jon Williams freshly made on the potters wheelFreshly thrown ribbed cylinders ready for a coat of slip.