Although I have a perfectionist streak, it's a strange kind of perfection that I am after. I will often discard pots because they have come out of the kiln, or off of the potter's wheel, as I expected them to. If there is no surprise, there is no need for them. I also discard pots because if they are a surprise but the 'wrong' kind of surprise. So what am I hoping for? I cannot begin to explain here.. it's my preoccupation to explain visually, and although literature is a superb discipline, I am not disciplined enough to get to the heart of the matter with words quite yet.
I work across a variety of disciplines, but I mostly use ceramics. I produce functional pots, sculpture, installation, photography and writing.
If you see a strange word on the bottom of my pot, it is because I have started a project that will not finish for some time, if I ever live long enough to finish at all. I am writing every word in the dictionary on the bottom of my pots. Without discretion, I will be going from A right through to Z.
Note: Josh Redman is on hiatus from ceramics, having moved solely to photography for the foreseeable future. Josh trained for 2.5 years in traditional wheel-thrown pottery before taking a degree at UWIC, Cardiff, gaining a First. He then spent 2 years at Wobage Workshops.
Josh is now living and working in London as a photographer. His personal photography can be seen at www.joshredman.co.uk. Examples of commissions such as event, product or portrait available on request.
Available for lectures and demonstrations and writing articles etc.
I use an extremely wide variety of techniques, often finding success with certain techniques but not repeating them, in favour of new surprises. I mostly use porcelain and stoneware, often multiple fired, often using earthenware and stoneware glazes on the same piece. I also use papier mache, oil paints, photography and other materials.
I was apprenticed for two and a half years by Jeremy Sharp for a garden centre, making standard wares for the garden, kitchen and table. I then went to UWIC (Cardiff) University and got a First, making mostly experimental sculpture and installation. I am now working at Wobage Workshops making my own kind of art/pottery.