Path and Inspiration I took pottery evening classes whilst employed as a patent examiner, a research engineer and finally as a materials science researcher at the Cement and Concrete Association. I took "early retirement" in 2003 and built a studio and gas kiln to become a potter. I investigate the technical possibilities from glazes design, clay composition and reduction kiln firing. I keep detailed records of my work - I am still a researcher at heart.
Process and Practice I pre-plan each batch of pots with regard to clay, glaze, firing schedule and location within the kiln in order to optimise results. The pots are all number-stamped, photographed and fully described in a computer database. At least I can look at the images and recall details of how the pots were made. With a gas kiln this does not mean pots are reproducible. The resultant pots are sold at craft fairs and exhibitions organised by the several arts groups of which I am a member.