Doug Fitch – Oakwood Gallery 26 October – 3 November 2013
Showing at: The Thoresby Gallery, Thoresby Park near Ollerton, Newark. Notts. NG22 9EH
Devon has been my home for over twenty years. I can’t imagine ever wanting to live elsewhere. My workshop is hidden deep in the countryside and the surrounding natural environment fills me with inspiration and wonder. I work in red earthenware clay, the pots simply decorated, with appliqué decoration or sgrafitto, using a basic palette of traditional slips, made from natural raw materials. Some of the clay is dug from rich seams, found in the field beside my workshop – the same seams that have been exploited for thousands of years by the craftsmen before me. It is my intention that within 2013, I will make my entire production from this beautiful, native clay.
My pots are thrown on the wheel and then fired either in a small electric kiln or on several special occasions during the year, in a kiln fuelled with wood.
The forms , predominantly large jugs, draw influence from the work of the medieval potters of England and the subsequent tradition of slip decorated country pottery, that was prevalent in this country until the early twentieth century. The skills presented by the master craftspeople of the past set an extraordinary high standard to which the contemporary maker must aspire. To seek to find one’s own distinctive voice amongst many who are using the same language, is a challenge that I take upon myself each and every day.
I’ve been making pots for most of my life. It’s a strange thing, to be excited by something as simple as a brown clay jug and I can’t explain it, but it seems that it happens to some people; it just gets under your skin.
Saturday 2nd November
An opportunity to meet Doug and to watch him
demonstrate throwing and slip decorating techniques
2.00pm – 4.00pm
Please contact the oakwoodgallery for more information or to
book a place.
Tel; 01623 635777.