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Simon Olley

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This new Labrador vase is travelling the length of the UK - all the way to Inverness-shire in the Highlands of Scotland - how thrilling is that? ๐Ÿพ I don't like taking chances so, as well as insured delivery, my work is always at least double-boxed - Uly wouldn't have it any other way (some bubble wrap goes in too!). at Kemsing, Kent

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Running Labrador mug with pyrometric cones (used to give a guide to the kiln temperature). at Kemsing, Kent

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Little round porcelain stoneware vase thrown on the pottery wheel and now receiving its hand-painted decoration. The pale grey raw clay surface will turn to white in the kiln. at Kemsing, Kent

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Boy, it's hot this morning ๐Ÿ˜Ž North Downs - Cowslips with Labrador ๐Ÿพ . . . . . #cowslips #northdowns #northdownsway #pilgrimsway #kent #kentlife #thisiskent #wildflowers #springtime #springtime๐ŸŒธ #flowerblossom #labrador #blacklabrador #instadog #instadogs #igdogs #igdog #kemsing #sevenoaks #olleypottery at Kemsing, Kent

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Little black dog vase with cherry blossom ๐Ÿพ Happy Saturday! at Kemsing, Kent

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Vase with Labrador and oak leaves 21cm high ๐Ÿพ at Kemsing, Kent

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Here's an action-packed shot of recycling clay - kneeding it, getting rid of any air bubbles and making the clay smooth and even to throw with once again. I've got quite a lot of clay to sort out today, it's been building up over the winter. The yellow-edged board getting a second lease of life is from technical drawing classes with Mr Gilbert @sevenoaksschooluk at Kemsing, Kent

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Springtime swim, stick and shake ๐Ÿพ at River Darent

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A brace of bonnie blue mugs flown out of the kiln now winging their way to Edinburgh, Scotland ๐Ÿพ #visitscotland #visitedinburgh at Kemsing, Kent

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One of three little round ceramic boxes which I will glaze with some nice colours shortly. Note the antique folding wooden and brass inch ruler - isn't it perfect to indicate the size of an object in photographs? at Kemsing, Kent

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Detail from a wheel thrown test ceramic piece (a cup) with a tiny Uly black dog just jumped out of the kiln ๐Ÿพ Alongside my highly decorated pieces, I'm developing my use of illustration with stoneware glazes to produce really functional, yet decorative pieces, hopefully combining the best of my graphic skills (drawing and sketching, something I've done all my life and in my work as a graphic designer) with my pottery. #valentineclays #ceramics #pottery #porcelain #stoneware #blueandwhite #shimpo at Kemsing, Kent

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Glazed and illustrated wheel thrown black dog vase height 6 inches. #ceramics #pottery at Kemsing, Kent

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P-P-Powwww! ๐Ÿพ at Kemsing, Kent

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It's said that a Dorset man has eight meals a day: dewbit, breakfast, nuncheon, cruncheon, luncheon, nammet, crammet and supper. These little jugs are now on their way to Dorset and I hope their new owner will find they add to the enjoyment of their many meals, whatever they call them. at Kemsing, Kent

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Uly's favourite collar (just for best) by @sweetpeaandboo I met @claycollege it's made of Harris Tweed and given to him by one of his human siblings - suits him doesn't it? at Kemsing, Kent

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New teapots underway will have a lovely green glaze and made in finest @valentineclays stoneware. Me and Uly are fired up for making teapots since attending @kgmillwardceramics course @claycollege Stoke-on-Trent. I've got my daughter to thank for this really as if she hadn't moved up that way for Uni I wouldn't have known to get involved. Being a southerner, places like Stoke were alien to me, it's been great to visit and get to know it a bit and see all the sights and heritage. at Kemsing, Kent

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Just going over some of my sketched notes from @kgmillwardceramics teapot masterclasses @claycollege - working out how my next teapots will be much better than the ones I made before. Design, making, bodies, lids, spouts, illustration and patterns ๐Ÿพ ~ lots to consider โ˜บ at Kemsing, Kent

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