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 will undergo 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 will also be required to assist in the running of Richard’s regular pottery classes and courses and gain experience in pottery teaching.
After the apprenticeship Bluebell may stay on in the studio, but 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.
Bluebell’s master, Richard Phethean has over forty years’ experience as a committed teacher of his craft. He is the author of two books on throwing technique. He has been a Fellow of the Craft Potter's Association of Great Britain for twenty six years, he has served as the governing council for seven years, and the last three as Chair. As part of a longer term goal of the apprenticeship, Richard and Bluebell intend to introduce a house tableware range to sell from Richard’s premises. Secondly, with Bluebell fully trained, Richard could expand the number of courses and classes offered.