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John Calver has been making stoneware pottery from white stoneware clays since 1981. Many forms are altered dynamically while the clay is soft.
Functional forms are thrown using white firing stoneware clays. Many forms are altered dynamically while the clay is soft. Pulled or wire-cut handles, and textured feet may be added. Techniques used in decoration include chattering, impressing fabric, rope and clay stamps, and brushing, trailing, inlaying and sponging slips onto the surface. After biscuit firing the pots are glazed by pouring overlapping layers of up to six glazes on to any one piece. The work is reduction fired to 1310 degrees centigrade in a 35cu.ft. oil kiln.
I studied Civil Engineering at London University and worked as an
engineer for five years in Newcastle-on-Tyne and Kingston, Jamaica.
Attendance at an adult education class in Newcastle aroused an interest
in clay. That interest became all-consuming, and, on my return to
England from Jamaica in 1973, I established my own work-shop at Yealand
Redmayne in North Lancashire. From 1973 to 1978 I produced a range of
burnished and glazed earthenware. 1979 saw another opportunity to
travel abroad and I spent two years in Egypt. On returning to my
workshop in 1981, I began making stoneware, work which I continue to
Demonstrations and Teaching
1989 - Northern Potters Association (one day); Krempl Keramik, Munich,
Germany (half day); Four demonstrations & lectures to Potter Groups
1973 - John Peartree Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica
- Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: 23 Silverdale Road, Yealand Redmayne, Carnforth, Lancashire, UK, LA5 9TA.
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Telephone: +44 (0)1524 781362
Availability: Visitors are welcome whenever I am in the workshop. Unconventional working hours make it advisable to telephone first.
Directions: From Junction 35 on M6 head North on A6 for approximately 3 miles, then turn left for Yealand Redmayne.
Last Updated: 2013-01-09
Events featuring this potter
East Windy Hall : John Calver Swaledale Festival Show
Rufford Craft Centre : Earth and Fire 2013 at Rufford
Potfest in the Park : Potfest in the Park 2013
Altering and Decorating Thrown Forms - John Calver