I work with oxidised stoneware and porcelain, using various decorative
techniques, coloured clays, slips and glazes to produce the desired
The work, mainly thrown, but also includes some hand built pieces, which add to the variety. The work includes many forms of bowls, vases, dishes and jars, both decorative and useful.
Agate ware, using coloured clays, figure prominently, with fluting giving particularly interesting and individual effects.
The location of Caerleon is reflected in a number of items showing the towns past connection with the Romans, when it was known as Isca. These are suitably decorated with Roman designs and inscriptions.
Current development using vanadium in glazes is producing some very interesting colour and surface effects.
Work generally available from:
Craft Renaissance, Chain Bridge
Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran
The Riverside Gallery, Chepstow
Oriel Makers, Cardiff
Torfaen Museum Trust, Pontypool
Oriel Gallery, Ffwrwm, Caerleon
Gallery on the Usk, Crickhowell
Electric kiln, oxidation to cone 6 or 8/9.
By training I am a professional Engineer (BSc. C.Eng. MIMechE) who has
worked in the chemical industry until 1984.
I started potting at evening classes at the Community College at Caerleon in 1975 as a hobby but this quickly grew into an all absorbing interest. since 1984 pottery has been my main interest, being an enjoyable combination of design, craft and technology.
My skills and knowledge have been gained not just from evening classes but also from attending various short courses, run by various potters including David Leach and David Frith, and also from being an active member of South Wales Potters for whom I was Treasurer for some five years.
My chemical engineering background naturally made me interested in the technology of pottery, particularly in glaze formulation. The mathematics for glaze analysis can be made easy by the use of computers and the results of such analyses can materially assist in the development of glazes for specific purposes. I have, therefore, developed my own glaze calculation program called CeramDat. These are for sale and regularly advertised in Ceramic Review. Full details and a demonstration are available on my web site.
I am the Co-author with Mike Bailey of a series of six articles which
were published in Ceramic Review on 'Understanding Your Glaze Tests' and
'Calculating Crazing' which show how the calculations referred to can be
used in practice. These articles have also been re-published in the
Spanish magazine 'Ceramica'.
Subsequent articles have been on ‘Oil Spot Glazes', ‘Opacifiers', ‘Those Unlabelled Bags and Buckets', ‘Transporting Glaze Recipes', ‘Testing Times‘ and ‘Vanadium‘.