Behind the Scenes
Enjoy seeing the creative process and share the journey of Catherine Lucktaylor as she designs and creates hand-built Raku fired ceramics in rural Cornwall, UK.
My latest commission was to make a set of three hand built ceramic Udu drums.
When I started to research online I got so excited. I couldn't believe that I'd never heard of these before as they are west African drums traditionally used in women's ceremonies and I have visited Nigeria and never came across these beautiful soulful ceramic drums.
I started by making a former to support the rounded base.
I make the sure the coils are well joined to avoid the pot cracking when drying out. I was also aware that to make a sound the drum would need to be hit! I was a little nervous at this point as I had never made a musical instrument before.
First Udu Drum almost finished.
Udu drum glowing in the Raku kiln getting ready to place in sawdust.
Udu drum in sawdust...almost finished now!
Packing the completed Udu drums ready to go to their new home.
I've been having so much fun making this Wild Cornwall jug as requested by a customer.
I loved making it so much I've been making some more.
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It has been an exciting month, the highlight of which was when one of my Wild Cornwall pots appeared on The Great Pottery Throwdown on BBC2, as an example of Raku. Imagine my surprise when Master Potter Keith Brymer Jones picked up my pot whilst declaring it to be a "perfect example of Raku..." I've been really enjoying the series and feeling very inspired!
A new Wild Cornwall collection is now in Beside the Wave Gallery in Falmouth and another collection is drying out ready for the Customs House Gallery in Porthleven. Both galleries run the Own Art Scheme, which is as interest free loan available to customers to spread the cost of a larger purchase.
A great excuse to indulge in that unique Raku pot you've had your eye on.
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