Florian Gadsby

Pictures of my present and past work—you might find uploads here that I haven't posted on Instagram before.
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an image of dirty dishes on the stove
Florian Gadsby on Instagram: "The lid of a jar unpacked from my gas kiln this morning. Originally this was a lidded container I didn’t particularly like, as the glaze was under fired a little dull, so, I coated the entire pot in a thick layer of iron ochre and reduction fired it a second time, resulting in this rather magnificent, almost planet like surface. From some angles it shimmers like a mirror and from others it’s rich and red, like an ancient rusted treasure. I’m hoping to scale this id
five different sized toothbrushes sitting next to each other
Florian Gadsby on Instagram: "New stamps, porcelain maker’s marks, some I’ll use, others were made simply for demonstrative purposes for my YouTube video that shows how they’re carved. The rest of the photographs in this series show how they were glazed, stuffed, head down in a lump of wadding to support it during the firing. Then there’s the porcelain marks, freshly carved and finally stamped into a block of clay. I test them as I’m carving, making sure I only impress the leather hard mark in c
a tall stack of ceramic vases sitting on top of each other
Florian Gadsby on Instagram: "Base to base and rim to rim, coffee cups stacked, all of which are now boxed up and ready to be shipped out. The last hurdle remains though, which is entering in everyone's details into the shipping forms, a process that is painful due to how much I concentrate as I tap them in. It looks like there are delays in the services within the UK, so parcels won't be sent out quite as quickly as I would have liked but with any luck everything will be shipped off sometime n
a stack of vases sitting next to each other on top of a white surface
Florian Gadsby on Instagram: "Stacked bowls, small ones this time, each thrown from half a pound of stoneware clay, 226 grams, and trimmed to just about half that, that might sound nice and light but thereafter the thick glaze goes on, which certainly adds back to the featherlight form. I spent today glazing dozens of these, amongst other forms, I clasp them tightly between tongs, but not too tightly as they will crack and break if squeezed too hard, then they’re dunked, removed from the glaze,
three bowls and two chopsticks on a wooden table next to a bowl with a knife
Florian Gadsby on Instagram: "The same medium bowl, one just glazed and tidied up, ready for the kiln, and the other, now dark green, has been reduction fired in my gas kiln to cone ten, (1290ºc). Cleaning glazed pots will be all I do this week, both on my feet and sat down, depending on the size of pot, how tired my hands get and simply to change things up to stop monotony from really taking over. The sponging, fettling hand isn’t the one that gets weary, rather it’s the one that grips the s
A montage of squashed pots from this year.
Pots thrown poorly and destroyed on the wheel, as usually it’s more straightforward just to stop, wedge up some more clay, and start again, rather than trying to spend time fixing a form that’ll never be quite right.
a room filled with lots of pots and tables
View of Florian Gadsby's studio.
I moved into this studio almost exactly three years ago. It’s based in an old industrial laundry and has a few quirks too it, such as the arched doorway leading into the workshop and an arbitrary painted over window on an internal wall.
a tea pot and saucer sitting next to each other
Feldspathic Teaware for One
A platter, teapot and cup, all coated with the same dark green crackle glaze and reduction fired to cone ten over a nine hour period in a gas kiln.
How to Throw a Narrow Pottery Vase
They are tricky objects to make, clay thrown so narrowly likes to buckle and twist and really distributing the clay evenly can be exceedingly troublesome. Hence why I tend to throw them a bit thick and then turn them down, which also negates the horror which is wafer thin cylinders bending to one side as they dry out unevenly. These are thrown from 400 grams.
Handmade Jars — Glaze Tests
Handmade Jars — Glaze Tests
Handmade Jars — Glaze Tests
Lidded jar forms, each coated with a different glaze. All fired in a reduction atmosphere.
an art work is being displayed in a room with white brick walls and blue frame
A packed Rohde KG-340 Gas kiln.
My kiln packed and ready to fire to 1290ºc in a reduction atmoshpere.
a shelf filled with lots of cups and saucers
Thrown mugs
If you could only pick one?
Pottery Bloopers and Fails
It isn't always sunny sailing. Here's a collection of bloopers and fails filmed at the wheel over the past few weeks.
Creating a Pottery Jar on the Potter's Wheel
This short video shows the creation of one of my handmade ceramic, stoneware, lidded jars, from start to finish.
a pen is sitting on top of some paper with teapots in the background
Ink Dip Pens and Illustrations
Hand thrown ceramic ink dip pens with antique nibs and sketches of pots.
Before and After
Before and After
Before and After
The view of a kiln load of work before and after being reduction fired to cone ten over about nine hours or so. #pottery #ceramics #handmade
a table topped with lots of pink teapots on top of wooden planks
Bisque fired teapots.
Two batches of hand thrown stoneware teapots.
Throwing an angled jar.
Throwing an angled jar.
Throwing an angled jar.
Reduction fired stoneware, celadon-type crackle glaze.
Crackle glazed stoneware jar.
Crackle glazed stoneware jar.
Crackle glazed stoneware jar.
A simple jar, coated with a dark green reduction fired celadon type crackle glaze. The yellow across one side of the pot comes from a tiny patch of oxidation that creeps into the kiln during the firing.
Three handmade ceramic jugs.
Three handmade ceramic jugs.
Three handmade ceramic jugs.
Three handmade ceramic jugs.
Reduction fired but each placed in a spot where oxidation can creep through burner ports. The swarths of discolouration in this instance are an added bonus and makes unpacking the kiln far more exciting.
a shelf filled with lots of pink cups and plates
Bisque ware waiting to be waxed and glazed, the vessels here are the lightest they’ll ever be before having layers of molten glass fired over the high iron stoneware clay.
there are many nails that have been placed on the table
Thrown ink dip pens and their rests.
two coffee mugs sitting side by side on a white surface with no one around them
A stepped mug, thrown with a ledge surrounding the waist to mimic how the glaze interacts around the sharp rim, although with the added bonus, which I didn’t anticipate, of a thicker pool of dark green-blue glaze forming above the band of orange.
many bowls are lined up on the wall
Glazed medium bowls in white, pale green and dark green. Although here the white is white, obviously, the pale green is the light pink and the redder pink will become my dark green once fired.
there are many small candles lined up on the wall
A row of thrown ink dip pens in the first photograph, together with two other pictures that show them freshly glazed and positioned on their firing rig and how they appear once gas fired in a reduction atmosphere.
Bud vases by Florian Gadsby
Bud vases by Florian Gadsby
Bud vases by Florian Gadsby
Bud vases by Florian Gadsby
Three images of a set of bud vases. Thrown with a stoneware clay body that contains a lot of iron and coated with a feldspathic crackle glaze. These are reduction fired in a gas kiln and will be available on my online shop from tonight, (7:00pm BST, 6 September).
Ceramic Ink Dip Pen — Florian Gadsby
Ceramic Ink Dip Pen — Florian Gadsby
Ceramic Ink Dip Pen — Florian Gadsby
Ceramic Ink Dip Pen — Florian Gadsby
Ceramic Ink Dip Pen — Florian Gadsby
Dark green crackle glazed jar — Florian Gadsby
Dark green crackle glazed jar — Florian Gadsby
Dark green crackle glazed jar — Florian Gadsby
Dark green crackle glazed jar — Florian Gadsby
A handmade stoneware jar, thrown with a high iron clay body and reduction fired to 1295ºc.
Packed ROHDE KG-340 gas kiln, filled with my pots ready to fire.
Packed ROHDE KG-340 gas kiln, filled with my pots ready to fire.
Stoneware crackle glazed mugs by Florian Gadsby
Stoneware crackle glazed mugs by Florian Gadsby