The Garden Gallery has work on display made by Grazyna at Woodside Pottery for sale. Occasionally it also features work by other local potters. You can visit the gallery if you are here for a pottery session otherwise please call first to arrange a visit
There are medium sized kilns on site which fire the clay. Pieces are usually fired twice.
The first firing is a long, slow firing with a gradual increase in temperature up to about 1000 deg centigrade. This completely dries out the clay and turns it into a porous, ceramic body which is ready to accept the final glaze.
The second firing is faster and about 220 degrees higher. This is the glaze firing.
But before any work is fired it must be completely dry and this can take several days and depends on the thickness of the clay, the complexity of the work, as well as the atmospherics. Most importantly everything must dry slowly so that the shrinkage and movement of the clay is even.
Tools for working in clay are provided but of course if you would like to bring your own, that is good too.
Clays, slips, underglazes and glazes are also provided. These are mostly clays and glazes which will fire up to Stoneware temperatures.