MOUNTAIN pottery // follow up … mixing clay / mixing bowl

Five posts ago I was experimenting with mixing 3 different clays together to create a warm, toasty, speckled, rustic mixing bowl inspired by the lovely pottery used by Nigel Slater in his BBC series. Although the outcome if far from the example used by Nigel Slater – large, simple, rounded, rolled rim, unglazed, and wood-fired – mine turned out small, rich, glazed and woodfired, and I love it. It would have been my most favorite pot, if it wasn’t for the exploded pot stuck in the glaze at the bottom : (

It has to be the saddest part of pottery when this sort of thing happens, everything works perfectly, the clay mixed up well, the glaze is beautiful, the ash deposits are stunning, and the whole thing ruined! And for some reason the least important pot in the kiln alway makes it out untouched.. ah lucky I’m resilient.

The glaze I used was from my ash glaze recipes # 9 – Jun 6 (David Fry).

This is a Japanese style tea bowl (chawan) with a hand cut foot. This is the same glaze as above but on a different clay, Feeney’s Dark Stoneware.

The mess of a kiln


About MOUNTAINpottery

Mountain Pottery is designed and handmade by Deanne Sarita Smart. The studio is located in a small town of Sassafras in the Mountains of Australia. This pottery is made to be collected, loved and used everyday as some of your most treasured belongings. Each piece is unique and made to order. Aside from being beautiful and functional objects, each collection has an underlying meaning, message or intention. All the vessels are inspired in some way by myth, nature, and symbolic language. About this blog // This blog is designed to be a place of inspiration to others with the same interests and point of view, as well as a look into the creation of Mountain Pottery.


  1. Ann Andres

    I purchased a bowl today that has the engraving THEMOUNTAIN POTTERY on the bottom. Is this one of your bowls?

  2. Hi Ann,
    thanks for your interest, no that isn’t mine, there is a few mountain potteries I believe in other countries. My pottery seal is a triangle, hopefully you come across one of mine some day too 🙂

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