FOREST OF DEAN
Avril Farley’s work is thrown and turned in porcelain and stoneware and enhanced by her crystalline glazes that combine precise technical control with serendipity.
It is the controlled cycle of first taking the ware to the temperature of 1270oC followed by rapid and then gradual cooling that the crystals are formed.
The thick glaze flows when molten, so the fired pots must be cut from their specially constructed glaze-catching saucers and angle-ground cleanly.
Although the rate of loss in this process is high, the beauty and individuality of the surviving work repays the effort.