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Contact Details

Studio: 7 Park Walk, Brigstock, Kettering , Northamptonshire, England, NN14 3HH. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1536 373428
Email:
Web-site: www.philipwilksceramics.co.uk
Availability: Visits only by appointment. Please phone or contact through email.
Joined on: 2010-02-03
Last Updated: 2013-10-24

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

Form, Function and Craft are equally important to me and whilst I strive to create finely made pieces that are pleasing both visually and to hold, they are also functional.

Harmony and Purity of form are central to my current work in porcelain, inspired by natural forms, as well as the attraction and challenge of mastering the skills necessary to achieve such simple looking pieces.

The inspiration for my slab pots is derived from the study of natural rock forms and architecture, which I am developing within the basic form of a geometric vessel where the juxtaposition of line, shape and form are explored.

Current work and Availability

Current work and Availability

Porcelain and Stoneware

Work available from: 
Primavera, 10 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ
The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AB Tel: +44 (0)113 247 8241
Arts at the Old Fire Station Limited, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ Tel. 01865 263980

Technical Information

Technical Information

My Porcelain and Stoneware is fired in an electric kiln.

My porcelain work is created solely by hand. Each piece is thrown to create the inside form, left to dry and then turned to shape the outside, fired in the kiln then glazed using my own recipes and re-fired. Some are decorated with platinum and gold lustres, which is applied by hand and fired to fix it. Finally, the crazing is stained.

My slab-pots are constructed and decorated solely by hand, using black slip, glaze and gold lustre.

Career Background

Career Background

I was introduced to ceramics at Batley College of Art and Design where I studied on the Foundation course between the years 1973 – 75. From there I specialised in ceramics on the B. A. Hons Three Dimensional Design course at Loughborough college of Art and Design, 1975 – 78, graduating with an Upper Second.

I moved to Brighton in 1979 to qualify as a teacher and taught in the area for some ten years, married and had two sons. I now live in Northamptonshire with my family. 

When I graduated from Loughborough college of Art and Design I exhibited/sold my work at Batley Art Gallery in a three-person show. Whilst in Sussex I produced individual stoneware slab form ceramic pieces and during my last year there I exhibited/sold work in the Hugo Barclay Designer Connections Gallery in Brighton.

Having given my time to a career in teaching, raising a family and building our home, I have now returned to producing individual pieces of pottery. My current work is in porcelain, which is hand thrown and in contrast I also make stoneware slab pots.

Memberships:
Crafts Council,  National Register of Makers

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

Gallery: Batley College of Art &Design
Hugo Barclay: Designer Connections: Brighton
Primavera: Cambridge
The Craft Centre and Design Gallery
City Art Gallery: Leeds
Arts at the Old Fire Station Limited: Oxford

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Porcelain
Handbuilt
Soda
Vases & Bowls
Kitchen & Tableware