Using coils or rolled out sausages of clay, is a great way to make large irregular shaped pots. I began coiling before I learnt to throw on the wheel, enjoying the slow, organic building process. A couple of years ago, I was asked if I would like to put some pieces into a sculpture trail at Hoveton Hall gardens. There is a limit to the size of pot I can throw on the wheel and for a pot to look at home in a garden it has to be large,so I decided to have another look at coiling. The clay I use is gritty or full of grog, and that combined with a high firing temperature ensures that the pots will be fine outside all year round. They are strictly one offs, taking sometimes weeks to build, as a section has to be left to firm up before the next coil can be added. Loosely based on a bird form they are designed to be viewed from all directions. I don't take orders for these pots but am likely to have one or two in the spring as they have become a winter project. Size varies but on average they are around a metre high.