Current work explores tactile qualities of surface decoration.
Pieces are built with slabs of a heavily grogged, manganese loaded, crank clay. Dark and gritty, it is difficult to work with, but gives the rough, cracked, stony surfaces I seek.
A porcelain slip is added to the leather hard pot, then glaze containing wood ash, china clay, yellow iron oxide and silicon carbide. A new addition to surface decoration is the restrained use of a red glaze. All pots are once fired to 1260 deg.
Trained as a thrower, in the traditional school of ceramics, I now experiment with more sculptural forms, using a painterly approach to decoration. The tempered use of colour, with the dry volcanic glazes and rough clay, gives work the depth of visual and tactile quality which I strive to achieve.
Work can be found at:
Regular exhibitor at Art in Clay at Hatfield
I have lived and worked in Northamptonshire for the past 25 years, running classes from my small workshop for small groups and individuals.
Also I teach with Northamptonshire 'Lifetime Learning'.
NDD Fine Art, Farnham
BTEC Design Craft Ceramics, Norfolk
Associate Member, Craft potters Association