Thomas Jepsen is a Danish economist with a MSc in Accounting, Strategy and Control from Copenhagen Business School. He is the founder and CEO of Contractor Quotes, a growing platform that helps connect homeowners with contractors as well as providing them with all the home improvement related information relevant for their project.
Since 2011, Thomas has been involved in the home improvement industry through different functions including consulting them on their business strategy, and he reviews a lot of the articles featured on the platform to ensure accuracy.
Having been involved in home improvement for so long, his main goal is to inspire better transparency in the home improvement space by making a range of different things more accessible to the homeowner to better ensure that they get the home that they want, while staying within budget and improving the amount of money homeowners can hope to recoup as a consequence of their efforts.
Mocha Diffusion is a technique that originated in England in the 18th century and was popular in the 19th C. It consists of dribbling an acidic solution with coloring oxides onto a wet slip of a contrasting color. The solution spreads in the slip with a tree fern-like pattern. Legend has it that in a... Read More
by Robin Hopper ocha Diffusions is a little known technique of surface decoration developed and used in the Southwest of England, and subsequently copied in parts of North America, particularly Canada. It was only done on wares of a simple functional nature, and on forms that were simple in shape, such as mugs, bowl, jugs,... Read More
by Edouard Bastarache Sources : The inorganic compounds which are of concern in ceramics are : -basic lead carbonate 2PbCO3.Pb(OH)2, -lead frits, including lead-boro silicate. -lead oxides : -red (minium) Pb3O4 , -yellow (litharge) PbO. Stability : I-Lead Carbonate : This product is unstable under the following conditions : when heated it decomposes at 400... Read More
Bernard Leach (1897-1979)
British Potter Bernard Leach is regarded as one of the great British potters of the 20th century. He spent eleven years in Japan, from 1909 to 1920, after which he returned to England to set up the St. Ives pottery and to spread the message of ceramics, the Oriental way. His influence through his writings and as mentor... Read More
Early Japanese Pottery
Of all the kinds of artifacts which may be found at archaeological sites, ceramics are surely one of the most important. Ceramic artifacts are extremely durable, and may last tens of thousands of years virtually unchanged from the date of manufacture. And ceramic artifacts, unlike stone tools, are completely person-made, shaped of clay and... Read More
A Modernist Potter (1920-1981) Hans Coper was an influential modernist ceramist. Originally born in Germany, Coper migrated to England in 1939. Coper’s work was of a ‘continental’ sensibility – it had little or nothing to do with Leach’s ‘Sung Standard’. Coper was concerned less with the revival of Chinese or Korean rural expression, but rather... Read More
The Mud-Pie Dilemma
by John Nance. Review by Steven Goldate. John Nance’s diary-style book ‘The Mud-Pie Dilemma’ is a journalist’s account of the life and struggles of American studio-potter Tom Coleman. Nance picks up the story of Tom Coleman, the potter, in Oregon in 1977, when Tom is 32 years old. He had already been making a living as... Read More
How to Make a Clay Whistle
Technique by Chris Henley Below you will find a sequence of photographs with accompanying text that describes the fundamentals of a clay whistle making technique. I discovered quite by accident sometime around 1970. It is simple and works every time, if you follow the sequence. However, there are a few variables that come into play.... Read More
The Origins of Chattering
A Deocrative Technique Chattering is a decorative tecnique where a flexible metal tool is allowed to ‘jump’ across the surface of a leatherhard pot, making regular incisions on the surface. Japanese potters call such a tool a ‘jumping’ kanna, or ‘tobikanna’. In Japan, turning tools are known collectively as ‘kezuri no dogu’. The tools which potters originally... Read More
Japanese pottery boxes are works of art in their own right. Report by Robert Yellin In the West, one never really pays much attention to the box after receiving a gift or after making a purchase for oneself. It’s simply there to hold the contents and then be thrown away. It doesn’t really tell us... Read More
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