View Image Gallery John Wheeldon(Full member)Tel: +44 (0)1629 822356 Email: Web: www.johnwheeldonceramics.co.uk
I feel that above all I am a potter who responds primarily to materials and processes the exploration of which pushes my work forward. My involvement with raku developed because of a need to escape from limitations placed upon me by lustre techniques I previously used, coupled with a desire to use real fire and become more involved with the processes of firing. The transition was made easier as I saw raku as a form of matt, coloured lustre, not a complete break to my earlier work but a compliment to it.
An interest in ceramic history also informs my work although it may not be immediately apparent, as the influence is often subliminal. The forms of much of my work refer to pieces from prehistory, especially the Bronze Age, and have developed from an ancient pot seen in a museum many years ago. I also have a collection of shards found in gardens and fields which span a period from Roman to the 19th century and the marks left by the potters are so eloquent - we leave the same marks on our own work today - it is like a language left by potters to be read by potters.
Raku. Vessels and dishes using copper-matt surfaces or lustre decorated terra sigillata.
Current Work Availability:
I run two Raku workshops here in Derbyshire, details of which are on my website, or on the Courses page of Studiopottery.co.uk
I am available for workshops and demo's.
Bisque firing to 920c electric kiln. Raku fired anywhere between 1060c (Copper Matt) and 620c (Lustre).
I use mainly ST Material (Commercial Clays) or B17C (Valentines).
1969-71 Foundation Course, Chesterfield College of Art
1974 Established first workshop at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire
A Caiger Smith "Lustreware"
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: 4 West End , Wirksworth, Derbyshire, UK, DE4 4EG.
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Telephone: +44 (0)1629 822356
Availability: Unfortunately I am not open to the public.
Joined on: 2007-02-07
Last Updated: 2009-02-03
Events featuring this potter
Mill Marsh Park : Contemporary Craft Festival
Rufford Craft Centre : Earth and Fire 2013 at Rufford
Art in Clay - Hatfield House : Art in Clay 2013
CPA Autumn Fair : Oxford Ceramics Fair 2013
Intensive Raku Courses with John Wheeldon