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2. For how long did you work for other potters before you started your own pottery?
  In 1972-73 I was taking both day and night classes to better myself as both teachers had different methods of working. In 1973 I came to New Zealand and applied for a clay throwing position at Beach Artware making simple items but I wasn't good enough although close so they offered me free clay and wheel eight hours a day for a week. By the second week I was on the payroll. I worked alongside Dan Steenstra a profoundly brilliant hand thrower. He was Dutch and his father and grandfather and uncles were all hand throwers back in Holland. I watched Dan alot and learned much from him and I worked 8 hours a day plus would come back in the evening and do 2 more hours overtime just throwing lidded jars and salt pigs! I left New Zealand in 1974 for Australia and landed another throwing job for Courtland Potteries brick and tiles in Perth. A much bigger operation - hand throwing terra cotta planters and an "octopus" pot which was a straight cylinder with a base then two holes to run a rope through. The octopus climbs in and the fishermen pull them up. Here I learned to throw larger pots as they were throwing up to 90lb planters which I never did but I learned it was no big deal, just confidence. At the end of 1974 I came back to New Zealand and worked at Beach Artware for one year but by this time I was wanting to go out on my own. I finally left the production pottery behind and built my own wood fired kiln in 1975 at Mahana, near Nelson in the South Island.

3. Can you tell us (something) about the technologi you use?
  I use an electric throwing wheel, a slab roller and a large hand extruder. These are my three main ways of producing work. Recently I have been making clay negative moulds also. I created a plaster of Paris positive mould and make my own paper clay mix for wall pieces and large table bowls.

Design by Mechy 2005
Pottery, Petr Jurnicek, tel.: +420 605 955 310