A few months ago, I visited Jacob Bodilly Pottery in Devon, where I went to see his beautiful ceramics and I learnt how to make my own clay bowl.
I’ve always had an interest in pottery, and I love seeing all of the different designs, styles and techniques there are for ceramics. So, when I received the opportunity to meet Jacob and visit his studio, I couldn’t wait to learn more about the pottery he makes. I’m so fascinated by tableware – as you can see from the variety I use in my recipe posts! So it was amazing to see his collection of work and all of the beautiful bowls, plates and other products he makes.
One piece I particularly liked, was his green ceramic bowl. I photographed it with some blackberries that I picked around the corner from his studio. I just loved it’s petite size and smooth, curved shape. Not to mention it’s beautiful green colour, and the way it appeared to melt into the base of the bowl.
After I was shown around his studio and introduced to his work, I was offered the opportunity to make my own bowl! We decided to use a coil method to make the bowl by hand. I’d always wanted to learn how to make pottery, and I’d never used this method before, so I was really excited to try it out.
We started by rolling out a flat circular shape for the base of the bowl, and then rolled out strips of clay into sausage shapes, which we wrapped around the base, on top of each other for height. Then, when the bowl was tall enough, we used our hands to blend the coils together into a solid, rounded bowl shape. After subtly pressing into the clay for some time to smooth it out, its bowl shape was gradually formed. Then, I finally flipped the bowl and applied a smaller base onto the bottom of it to stand up on, before leaving it to dry.
After the bowl had dried, Jacob applied colour to it, fired it and glazed it ready for me to take it home and keep. Then, after a few busy months of our own, I returned back to his studio to collect it.
…And here it is! I love it!
The coil technique really gave it its own authentic style and natural shape, and I love the subtle dimples in the clay that you can see from my finger prints. The choice of colour is really beautiful too.
Of course, I had to test the bowl out – so I filled it with lots of delicious granola so that I could photograph it in use! I can’t wait to use my bowl in my recipe blog posts now too.
Since visiting Jacobs studio, I’ve been really inspired to learn more about pottery, and I can’t wait to try making more pieces of my own now!
Jacob Bodilly offers different pottery workshops and tutorials in his studio in Devon, to find out more about his classes and his work, please visit his website here: http://jacobbodillypottery.blogspot.co.uk