• This stoneware Drift Vessel was the first prototype I made for my Drift Flotilla.  I made it with much deeper ribs than usual but had doubts about whether it would work as a form to be cast in porcelain from a mould ... it didn't!  But I did manage to rescue the original, a little bit battle scarred and chipped so it will now be my token memory of the Flotilla.  It's also prompted a slight change to the Drift Vessels I'm making today.  I usually make either open vessels or a closed hollow form with a 'deck' (like this one) but I'm working on some hybrids which will be half way in between - swipe for images.  My plan is to gild them internally as I love the contrast between the rough, groggy clay and the precious gold leaf internal cavity.  They'll hopefully be going to sometime in August.
  • These two Flight vessels are currently on show in Derbyshire in their 'Constructs of Colour' show.  They're glazed in my indigo and aqua glazes - a combination that I really like.  The show continues until 17th August.  The second image shows me working on the underside of a new Flight Vessel this morning.  This is a really good way to get tennis elbow I've found ( ) but they're such an awkward shape that it's difficult to support them safely any other way.
  • Glazed this one yesterday ready for its second firing tonight.  It was a challenge to glaze - too big for my usual glazing container so had to find something bigger.  I find that because of the surface texture on my work, dipping works much better than pouring.  Fingers crossed it turns out well and then it will be heading to Birch Tree gallery in Edinburgh in September.
  • Three Ripple Strata Vessels now glazed in my titanium white glaze.  The one in the foreground has concave carving,  the one in the middle convex carving and the one at the back a mixture of both.  I think perhaps the difference is less obvious now that they're glazed but they definitely have different tactile qualities - the convex carving having a much smoother, rounder feel.
  • Catching up on a couple of commissions for Ribbed Forms. I really enjoy making these pieces as they're very tactile and being a hollow form a bit more robust than some of my more open shapes.
  • Excited to be starting work today on a very special commission of a Drift Form which will be a wedding present.  Hoping that it will bring back lots of happy West coast memories for the couple.
  • Good to be back in the studio today and working on a new moon vessel in grey stoneware.
  • Working on this new 'Shift' vessel this afternoon, I was reminded of a piece of work by Mona Hatoum that I saw at Tate Modern a few years ago.  It was a shallow circular container on the floor with sand in.  There was a mechanism that silently raked the sand into concentric circles and simultaneously smoothed the surface on the other side.  I found it mesmerising ... much like carving circles in clay!
  • New circle disc vessel in progress.
  • A friend recently commented that he liked one of my pots best upside down.  So here's a photo of a bottom!
  • My web store at www.michelebianco.co.uk is now live  (finally!)You'll find this small fissure vessel there.
  • A tiny pinch pot glaze test also out of the kiln this morning.  I love the soft watercolour-like colouring ... now to see if I can recreate that on a larger scale!
  • The underside of the last remaining fissure bowl in my web shop.  Based on the patterns of cracks and crevices in the rocky foreshore.
  • Today's work in progress with my hand for scale (I have large hands! ). I'm hoping this one will be a pair to the large Drift Vessel with blue interior that I posted a week or two ago (swipe to see it) to exhibit this Spring.  I'm pondering what colour the inside of this should be ... any suggestions?
  • Small, shallow seaweed bowl in progress ...
  • Working on this new small contour vessel today.