Harriet Elkerton Studio

Having decided to design a workshop for slip cast ceramics, I researched local makers to base a case study on. I arranged a visit to Harriet Elkerton’s Studio in the market town of Thame, Oxfordshire. The purpose of seeing a ceramicist at work in their own studio, was to observe the ergonomics and theatre of the working space at first hand. Harriet’s studio is situated in a converted garage. I found the methods Harriet uses to produce unique forms particularly interesting. More information can be found here.

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Watermill @ Maple Durham

Upon discovering that my project site was once occupied by a mill, my tutor Toby encouraged me to visit a working example of a watermill. By coincidence I had recently watched a documentary about the River Thames, in which Jeremy Paxman visited a local watermill at The Maple Durham Estate in South Oxfordshire. This seemed like the ideal place to visit as it was only a 15 minute drive away. My visit was in the middle of june, and although the mill was out of use (due to a broken part), I gained an insight into the mechanics of a mill and concluded that the object that I had previously found on site in Oxford, could have been one of the many cast iron parts of a working mill.