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Contact Details

Studio: South Heighton Pottery, Nr. Newhaven, East Sussex, UK, BN9 0HL. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1273 514330
Email:
Web-site: www.chrislewisceramics.com
Availability: Generally open 10.00am. to 5.00pm. every weekday and 10.00am. to 1.00pm on Saturdays, but it advisable to telephone before making a special journey.

Directions: From Lewes, A27 Beddingham roundabout. Turn right on to A26 Newhaven Road. 5 miles on, turn left into South Heighton. Pottery is 100m on right.


Last Updated: 2011-06-08

Current Work

Current Work

Domestic Pots - A large range of decorated and undecorated pottery is available for domestic use in a variety of finishes and glazes. Pots are either hand painted or sgraffito decorated with multiple layers of slip to give a depth of colour and tone. The extended firing further adds to the variations in colour and texture.

Large and Small garden Pots, Garden Seats and Sculptural pieces - These vary in size from pots for small plants to containers suitable for shrubs and trees. Chris specialises in making very large pots and garden benches, equally practical for use inside or out. All garden pots are guaranteed 100% frost proof and a selection is held in stock throughout the year.

Individual pieces and commissions - The showroom stocks a limited number of 'one-off' pieces and orders for stoneware garden furniture and special commissions can be undertaken.

All work is wood fired.

Work generally available from:
Maundy Todd Sculpture Garden

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Geffrye Museum, The : Ceramics in the City 2014
September 18, 2014 to September 21, 2014

Technical Information

Technical Information

All work is fired to between 1300-1350C in a large single chamber 'anagama' type kiln, built in the Spring of 2000. Firings take place two or three times a year and are of 3-4 days duration. During the firing the ash and embers are allowed to build up throughout the kiln amongst the pots. It is this process that contributes to the depth of colour and textural variety that is evident on the surface of the finished work. The work is either thrown on a wheel, or made with a combination of throwing and hand building techniques.

History

History

Chris trained at Wrecclesham Pottery near Farnham, Surrey. ( 1974-75). The pottery at South Heighton was established by Ursula Mommens in the 1950's. Chris has worked there since 1975/6, when he converted some farm buildings into a showroom and work-shop. He spent 1978 travelling in West Africa studying traditional pottery making techniques and this, as well as an interest in tribal art and archaeology, has influenced much of his work.

Current work availability:
Chris exhibits regularly in galleries and shows throughout the UK and mainland Europe. as well as stocking a comprehensive range of work at the South Heighton pottery. Watch this website for details of shows and exhibitions throughout the year.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Unglazed
Thrown
Teapots
Stoneware
Sculptural
Reduction
Rawglazing
Kitchen & Tableware
Handbuilt
Shino
Garden
Wood
Anagama