I am excited by curves – the sails of yachts in a strong wind, beautiful eyes, fine muscle-tone – these often give me the forms. The surfaces take me to dark places – stormy days, rock caves, black seas, thick forests – but where the light breaks through. I want the work to have an earthy, natural feel – primitive yet modern. To intrigue the viewer – to invite their touch. The process is as important to me as the work itself. Intimate contact at red-heat, to feel and direct the smoke, the excitement of revealing the combination of my intent with the random elements of raku.
Colonnade House - Creative Hub : Naked Clay Ceramics - John Evans
November 21, 2017 to December 02, 2017
One-off raku-fired pieces with highly burnished surfaces complemented with markings from smoke penetrating the clay body. The monochrome finish, whilst primitive in origin, stands its ground in the most modern home setting.Work currently available from:
Work is thrown, hand-built, or moulded depending on my mood and inspiration, using a white clay-body able to withstand thermal shock. The surface is refined and subject to several burnishing stages. Terra Sigillata is often applied. Bisque firing is at ^06. A resist slip and glaze are applied and the work placed in a smoke-bin after heating to around 850 deg C. A final coat of conservation polish is applied.
History – Born 1946 in South Wales. A life-long ceramics collector and ‘clay-dabbler’ now in a second professional life.
Retired as Director of Environment for Hounslow Council in 2002 and immediately started on the Harrow degree course, establishing a studio/work-shop in West London, and graduating in 2005.
Moved to Worthing in 2006 where the workshop is close to the sea-front.
A member of CPA, London Potters and the Southern Ceramics Group. 2008 - Selected for membership of The Sussex Guild
2009 – awarded professional development grant by Craft Potters Trust to attend advanced raku workshop with Eduardo Lazo in Italy
2007 June - Landmark Art Fair – West London
2007 July – ‘Celebrating Achievement’ – City Hall, London
2007 August – ‘Art in Clay’ – Hatfield House
2007 Sept – ‘Worthing Art Gallery & Museum’ – West Sussex
2007 Sept – ‘Potfest South West’ – Frome, Somerset
2007 Oct – Lancing College, West Sussex
2007 Oct – Portsmouth City Gallery & Museum, Portsmouth, Hants
2007 Nov – Saltbox Gallery, Helmsley, Yorkshire
2007 Dec – Morley Gallery, London SE1
2008 Jan – Sussex Art Fair, Worthing
2010 Oct 16/17 - Farnham Festival of Crafts,The Maltings, Farnham, Surrey
2010 Oct 16 - Jan 8 2011 - Worthing Ceramics Exhibition, Town Gallery, Worthing, W. Sussex
2010 Nov 8/13 - Oxmarket Arts Centre Chichester, Sussex
July 2007 – ‘Celebrating Achievement’ – Exhibition Guide
Dec 2007 – London Potters Magazine – 2 pages illustrating work
Mar/Apr 2008 – Ceramic Review – ‘Naked Raku – the secrets exposed’
May/June 2010 Ceramic Review – Article on Fuming with Ferric Chloride
March 2011 - '500 Raku' – Published Larks Books