Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Pottery in Paradise

This is a great class. The pottery industry on St Vincent was thriving for many years but now is non existent.The Caribs and Garifuna used pottery as ceremonial and everyday functional objects, many of their beautiful pieces are now housed in National Trust building in Kingstown. 
The group aims to rebuild the tradition.

My sketchbook with class notes, and above our first project pinch pots.
 I love being a student again.

The group out on the first clay dig in Lowmans. Hard work. This land is used to grow 
ground provisions.We didn't do too much damage. 

Bagging up. We filled about twenty bags.

Our tutor and master potter Mr Dyer. He makes decent tea pot. 
We also had to drag the bags up that steep hill.

The clay has to be soaked and all large stones
and organic matter removed

Some serious clay preparation skills
The beautiful circle of seven ready to use. At this 
stage its down to the individual how coarse or
smooth you want your clay. I chose to sieve
mine twice and remove much of the stony, gritty

As part of our course work we had to make collection of pots following a 
particular shape. This is actually a really difficult project as it takes
a lot of observation and control. I saw a few tears from some students as 
their pots were squashed because Mr Dyer was not happy with the forms.

My new project. Local clay hand carved vessels

Carved vessel drying. I love the stone colour.


  1. I love these pots! Have you taken ceramics before?

  2. love the smoothness and simple shapes....wonder what they will become?

  3. Hi I did a course twenty years ago and have missed it so much.We have a great tutor who studied in Jamaica and is keeping me under control. I'm always tempted to go big and have a lot of surface decoration but we had to make these pinch pots from balls of clay that fit into the palm of our hands and simply work on building and smoothing the surface.
    I think these will just be left as they a