Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hannah McAndrew and Doug Fitch Workshop

(Plate by Hannah McAndrew)

(Jug by Doug Fitch)

British Potters, Hannah McAndrew and Doug Fitch taught a workshop Saturday in Shelby, NC. They demonstrated their throwing, altering and decorating techniques. Below is a puzzle jug, made by Doug and decorated by Hannah. I've never seen such a jug and it is a puzzle! How do you get the water out without spilling it all over? Not going to spoil it for those that want to figure it out. I must say, I would have never gotten it on my own.

Here is a picture of Hannah's high tech slip trailer. Amazing what she can do with it, it is essentially an old bike tire inner tube with cork and a mechanical pencil held together by a paper clip. I am definitely going to give this a try, it seemed that the slip came out more consistently. I'm sure it had nothing to do with Hannah's years of experience and skill.

Here are some of the pots they brought with them to sell in the gallery.

Hannah's pots above. I ended up with the tall dark pitcher (jug) with yellow slip trailed flowers in the back.

Doug's gorgeous pitchers (jugs) and mugs. The mug on the far right below with sprigs made it home with me too.

Of course, I had to be a nerd and get a photo with Hannah. She was so sweet and charming. I hope they both have had a great time and have a safe trip home. A big thank you to Ron and Sarah Philbeck for putting this workshop together. They did a great job!


  1. Hi Julie,
    Thanks ever so much for that lovely write up. It really was odd, we felt like proper celebrities and we enjoyed every minute of the trip. Both home now and exhausted and feeling like we had some strange dream. It is however good to be back where I belong and to have all these wonderful memories from the trip.
    best wishes,

  2. Great post Julie. I'm so glad you got to come and it was super to meet you in person. Hope to see you soon. Enjoy your new pots!!

  3. hey julie cant believe we didnt chat!!! your kiln is looking super...hope the firing is brilliant!!