Joe Finch will be demonstrating the building and firing of his new paper refractory clay kiln during the festival. Joe is a ‘mud, water and fire’ potter who has made his living for nearly fifty years by making and firing his pots for which a reliable, efficient kiln has been essential. Having been lucky enough to be taught by his father Ray at Winchcombe Pottery he went on to establish Kolonyama Pottery in Lesotho (1
Joe Finch started his pottery career in 1964 with a four year apprenticeship under his father Ray Finch at Winchcombe Pottery. Whilst learning the more obvious skills such as throwing, glazing and firing, he developed a natural eye for strong, functional forms, and the flexibility to produce pots that are both desirable and affordable. All these factors are still paramount in his work. He moved to Wales in 1984 with
Joe Finch and David Small will be running a Potters Surgery during the weekend showing pottery tips, tools and techniques they have learnt and acquired over a combined 100 years of potting. Come and join them in the Pottery Studio to learn and share skills and ideas. 10:00 Kneading and wedging 10:30 Centering (different methods) 11:00 Throwing (cylinders, bowls, bottle forms, oval dishes, jugs, etc.) 13:00 Turning 14
The ICF is Europe’s premier ceramics festival which is held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the campus of Aberystwyth University on the mid-Wales coast. Since it began in 1987, the three-day festival has grown to become the UK’s leading ceramics event. Learn more...