Recent work has been in reduced stoneware, some porcelain, and raku, with everything being made on the wheel.
The stoneware and porcelain is functional, while my raku often uses variations on the same forms -
especially bottles and bowls - but also includes more experimental work.
Work available from:
Contemporary Ceramics Centre, 63 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3BF
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxford
The Oakwood Gallery
15 Collingwood, Northampton
National Centre for Craft & Design : Made in the East Midlands - with ceramics from John Mathieson
January 16, 2016 to February 21, 2016
Work is thrown on either a slow Leach kickwheel or a Shimpo electric wheel. I use DSS clay from Doble's for stoneware, and Audrey Blackman porcelain from Valentine's. For stoneware I use ash, tenmoku, shino and talc glazes, and for porcelain, a celadon glaze. All work is reduction-fired in a propane kiln.
The 'splash lines' I use on many of my pots came originally from making patterns while cleaning the bath! I thought, this could work on a pot, so I tried it with iron oxide the next day!
While teaching in London I went to a pottery evening class at North
Kensington Institute and immediately fell in love with clay. Within
three months I was going to four classes a week, to a Saturday course
at Sir John Cass College, Whitechapel, and reading Bernard Leach's ‘A
A year after my first contact with clay I was teaching ceramics at secondary level and at evening class. Later I was given secondment to take a degree, and finally left teaching in 1997, though I still teach adult classes. During my time in schools I reckon I did some 9000 firings! After leaving full-time education I taught adult classes, in a college, and in a prison.
As a potter I have worked extensively in reduced stoneware, porcelain, slipware, and raku.
Professional Member of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain
Member of the Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen
'Master of Slip' - a full-page review of the Goldmark Gallery - Clive Bowen DVD, published in Ceramic Review 274 (July 2015)
Techniques Using Slips published by A&C Black / U.Penn in the Ceramics Handbooks series April 2010
Raku, published by A&C Black in their Ceramics Handbooks series (2002).
The Ceramic Book (full page with image, biography and mark) 2006, 2008 and 2012
'The Teabowl and the Blues' - article with making sequence, Ceramic Review 225, 2007
My clay bodies and glaze recipes are published in all editions of ‘Clays and Glazes - The Ceramic Review Book of Clay Bodies and Glaze Recipes', enlarged and revised 2001.
Book review - 'Raku - investigations into fire' by David Jones, Ceramics: Art and Perception No. 43, 2001
Reports on the National Pottery and Ceramics Festival 2000, the Southern Pottery and Ceramics Festival 2000, and the Southern Pottery and Ceramics Festival 2001 have all appeared in the Craft Potters Association Newsletter.
Entry in Potters (12th edition) 2000
Report on the Third Southern Pottery and Ceramics Show 1999, Craftsman Magazine 2000
Video review - Jim Malone, Ceramic Review 175, 1999
Video review - Tim Andrews, Ceramic Review 172, 1998
Tradition and Change - article (not my title!), Ceramic Review 169, 1998
Video review - Phil Rogers and Mo Jupp, Ceramic Review 149, 1994
A Glazing System for Schools - article, Ceramic Review 122, 1990
Two Raku Kilns - article, Ceramic Review 104, 1987