Chelsea Old Town Hall : Handmade in Britain 14: Spring Edition
May 09, 2014 to May 11, 2014
I have recently developed a range of brightly-coloured ceramic bowls.
First of all I gave a lot of thought to the exact shape I wanted them to be and then I experimented with many different colour combinations and patterns before choosing the ones that I believe work best together. I add a fine line of slip around the inside of the bowl, where it is likely to be filled to, allowing for extra interest here.
The larger the bowl, the more lines it has, hence they can be collected in different sizes or different colours. I am now working on some larger statement pieces to go with them.
I make my ceramic sculptures from slabs of stoneware clay which I mark first with a variety of tools and found artefacts. I then tear off sections of the clay slab twisting and joining them at random. I like the glaze on these to look weathered so I either use high temperature dry glazes that look a bit like peeling paint or low temperature crackle glazes which allow the surface details to show through whilst still maintaining an aged appearance.
I often fire a piece of work several times using different temperatures until I am happy with the look and feel of it. Occasionally I add images onto the surface using ceramic decals which may reveal more about the meaning of the piece. I may also give it a smoke firing and, occasionally, add a touch of gold leaf.
September 2011: Merton Arts Trail
October 2010: The London Potters at the Morley Gallery
July 2010: Art in Clay at Hatfield House
November 2009: Demonstration of slab building with impressed slabs at the V&A
October 2009: The London Potters at the Morley Gallery
July 2009: Dulwich Craft Fair
May 2009: Battersea Art Fair
May 2008 Battersea Art Fair.
April 2006: Rock Lobster Gallery, Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Aug 2005: Touché Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
Nov 2004: Gallery Charlick, London WC1.
Sept 2004: Dulwich Craft Fair, London.
Sept 2002: Private commission of large wall-piece to represent a wedding anniversary.
July 1999: Sept ’02 - Several private commisions for small wall-pieces.
June 1999: Candover Gallery, Alresford, Hampshire.
January 1999: INDE Gallery, Carlton Mill, Nottingham.
Sept 1998: Exhibition of ‘Faith’, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury.
March 1998: Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London SW11.
Oct 1997: Wandsworth Artists Open Exhibition, London SW18.
Sept 1997: Solo exhibition - South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire.
June 1996: The Tabernacle Gallery, Powis Square, London W11.