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Ant and Di Edmonds

Ant and Di’s pottery has been established for about 50 years and seen several major periods in its output. Initially they made terra cotta garden pots which over 20 or so years were supplied to many of the garden centres in East Anglia and the Midlands. This was followed by a similar period during which they produced domestic pottery – jugs, bowls, mugs etc – using majolica techniques with blue designs painted on to a white opaque glaze.
Recently, they have dispensed with the potter’s wheel and now concentrate on making hand-built vessels which they decorate with geometric and other repeat patterns. They make individual vessels built up from flattened coils of clay which are subsequently pinched, scraped and beaten into shape using hands and a variety of implements. The results are slipped, burnished and low fired to produce a smooth white surface suitable for decoration.
The patterns on their work come from many sources – some are simple everyday designs – zig zag, checker etc. and some very bold, others intricate and complex. The fun starts in transferring 2D patterns to 3D surfaces! They are initially outlined on to the pots with soft pencil and then a black stain mix is used to paint on the actual design. A second, higher firing fixes the decoration. Finally, a wax polish completes the process. Each vessel takes many hours to complete. Most of the making process is done by Ant and the decoration by Di and so each pot is the result of input by both to produce what they hope is an object of beauty.