The tyranny of the wheel is well known to potters (and to sailors). The mesmerising way in which a pot emerges and rises from a dollop of clay, a sort of muddy Phoenix, is difficult to turn away from. For about 8 years I was obsessed with thrown pots. When at last I broke free, a rich field of forms opened up. This stoneware planter is created from two slabs which were shaped using an old satellite dish obtained through Freecycle. Only the hole and the decoration are wheel-made. The form could not be made on a wheel. It’s about 16″ across and will probably end up glazed blue.