Orchard Pottery August 28, 2018 – Posted in: Artists
Artist : Orchard Pottery
Ceramics - Orchard Pottery
Orchard Pottery is a small studio pottery – the partnership of Doreen Gardner and Tony Smither. The workshop, founded in 1980, is situated in a small village in West Devon, with beautiful views of a Dartmoor tor at the head of the valley. The pottery concentrates on the design and manufacture of sculptural birds and beasts for the home and garden.
Doreen & Tony work predominately in ceramics, using most of the manufacturing processes available. These include coiling, press moulding, slip casting, throwing, extruding, and slab building. On many pieces two or more techniques are employed.
Stoneware is clay that has been fired to a high temperature so that the molecules fuse together or vitrify and make the pottery non porous. Many pieces are hand painted with colour that is then fired on. Where a glaze is used it is sprayed on, which together with the firing effects, gives terrific variety to the finish. Some of the pieces are fired in a gas kiln where, by manipulating the air supply to the gas flame, we can effect the colours of the glazes used.
All of the ceramic pieces are frost proof stoneware so that all of our products can be safely used in the garden all year round.