53 Beck Road
London E8 4RE
020 7249 3016
I make pots for use and this in a way is the starting point for the form of each piece. Most of the pots are initially thrown. In this first stage an internal shape is created. In turning a piece this shape is brought to the surface and refined. The wall of the pot is like a skin containing the volume and decorating helps map out this surface and so draws attention to particular aspects of the form. A straight line undulates across the curves, emphasising the swell and fall of the body and carries the eye in a certain direction. On the other hand, a patterning of spots is more open and allows the eye to wander across an entire area. Since my intention is to use decoration to emphasise certain qualities implicit in the form, I use a limited palette and low-key colours. These lie more completely on the surface and minimise the spatial distortions and illusions which stronger colours can produce.
I am essentially self-taught, having discovered pottery making after studying chemistry at university. I have worked as a potter for twenty five years. I have exhibited widely throughout Britain and also in the United States, Japan and France. My studio has been based here in the East End of London for the last 22 years.
Contemporary Ceramics, Marshall Street, London W1
Broadway Ceramics, Broadway Market, London E8
Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Worksop, Notts S80 3LW
Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester, Glos GL7 1JH
Pots are mostly thrown and turned, but sometimes press moulded or slab built. Patterning is usually incised, sgraffito or painted. Muted colours are achieved with a combination of cobalt, iron and manganese oxides. All work is reduction fired to 1280 C in a propane gas kiln. I use several different varieties of clay and a number of slips and glazes to give different colours and textures to the finished pieces.
All pieces are:
- Reduction fired