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of self-taught and formal - but I guess lovely John. I will also have prepared
that’s true of most artists. something for dinner first thing in
Describing her average day, Mim the morning before I get mucky from
says, “An average ‘studio’ day starts the clay.”
with a bit of a tidy - I’m no ‘Hyacinth Since setting up Old Well Studio
Bucket’ but I can’t work with too back in 2001, Mim and John have
much clutter around me as it also created a fantastic creative work
clutters my brain. Then I spend quite environment for themselves. Mim
a bit of time preparing - wedging - explains, “John has a lovely custom
the clay ready for throwing. Most of built studio designed around a
the day will then be spent throwing summerhouse out on the land we
on the wheel or rolling out slabs bought from our neighbouring
for moulds or tiles. If it’s a glazing farmer. That’s where he paints and
day I’ll mix up buckets of my own decorates some of my work, and
glaze recipes if necessary or prepare where we display our work for sale -
wood ash from the fire to use on the ceramics, paintings, prints, cards etc.
pots. The glazed pieces will then be My workroom is the original pottery
loaded for firing in my kiln and fired that George and Margaret Smith
overnight. It’s not advisable to eat or ran from the 90s up until they
drink in a pottery so if the weather’s retired and we bought the cottage
nice I’ll sit outside were my work is in 999. It was, I believe, originally
set out drying on the walls, and drink the old dairy part of the cottage
cups of tea brought to me by the which George converted - it’s hardly
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