Bluebell’s main objective is to become sufficiently skilled in all aspects of making studio pottery and running a pottery studio in order to eventually become a self-employed potter and in the longer term, a pottery teacher.
Working alongside her master, potter Richard Phethean, Bluebell is undergoing comprehensive training in the craft of the potter’s wheel and the technical aspects of studio practice – recycling and preparing clays; learning about glaze chemistry and preparing slips and glazes; making tools and maintaining equipment; overseeing green ware; test firing; kiln packing, unpacking and operation; notetaking and recording recipes and methods; general studio housekeeping and management. Bluebell also assists in the running of Richard’s regular pottery classes and courses.
After the apprenticeship her long term goal is to teach ceramics and work with other potteries and potters in order to learn an array of techniques such as wood firing, salt glaze, porcelain, using paper clay, lustre ware, and raku first-hand. Bluebell hopes to improve and refine her throwing skills to a professional level and be able to make any form or vessel and be able to look at it with a critical eye.