Aston Pottery and Gardens

Aston Pottery and Gardens


slip casting in the workshop

Slip Casting

Slip Casting is central to the majority of shapes we produce here at Aston Pottery. All of our mugs, jugs and teapots are created using this technique. To begin with liquid clay (slip) is poured into plaster moulds. As the liquid in the mould dries from the outside in, the excess liquid is tipped leaving a shape formed by the relief of the mould. Timing is crucial for this stage but the results are always worth it.

jiggering and jollying to create bowls

Jiggering / Jollying

Jiggering and jollying is the closest technique to traditional manufacturing we use at Aston Pottery. Both involve a combination of steel tool and plaster mould working, to form the internal and external profiles of a shape. When Jiggering, the tool creates the outside of a shape, pressing the clay against the mould that gives form to the inside. Whilst when jollying the role of tool and mould is reversed and the case creates the negative.

rollering to create plates and bowls


In contrast to Jiggering and Jollying, Rollering is one of the most modern manufacturing techniques we employ here. A large metal head, heated to 240 degrees, is brought down onto the mould. The machine heats and rolls the clay over the plaster mould forming the desired shape. We use this process for all our plates and a number of our bowls.

fettling and sponging jugs in the workshop

Fettling / Sponging

Before their first trip into the kiln our pottery needs to have the rough edges removed. For the slip cast ware a seam is also left along the sides where the mould splits open. The sponging of our products also primes our pottery for decoration, as a rough surface greatly improves the application of our colours.

application of colour for designs using stencils and a stippling technique with a flat paint brush

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Aston Pottery, The Stables,

Kingsway Farm, Aston, 

Oxfordshire, OX18 2BT

All pottery products designed, manufactured and hand-decorated in Aston, Oxfordshire.

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