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Contact Details

Studio: Red Lion Pottery, Red Lion Cottage, 228 High Road, Chilwell, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, NG9 5DB. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)770 9509985
Email:
Web-site: www.redlionpottery.co.uk
Availability: Visitors are welcome to the pottery and showroom but please phone first to check I am available.
Joined on: 2012-12-02
Last Updated: 2016-10-30

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

I am inspired and excited by Japanese ceramics and the natural world - geological formations and the colour and form of primitive plants, especially lichens and mosses.

I make mainly individual functional pieces by combining throwing, hand-building and carving techniques to create pots that reflect Oriental styles and the natural origins of the materials I use. Coloured slips create a warm base layer before applying my own wood ash glazes made from a variety of local woods including apple, pear, oak, yew and cedar.

Firing with a naked flame from gas or wood ensures an endless variety in the finished surfaces and the resulting pots have a tactile and rustic appearance that beckons the viewer to hold, touch and use them.

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Red Lion Pottery : Alan Birchall, Christmas Open Studio
November 01, 2017 to November 30, 2017

Current Work and Availability

Current Work and Availability

My current work is gas fired stoneware. At the moment I am focussing on making slab-built dishes and thrown and hand-built wedding cogs using a variety of wood-ash glazes and slips. The cogs are inspired by the wooden ceremonial wedding drinking vessels used on the Orkney Isles.

Availability of work
My studio, Red Lion Pottery
Roundhouse Gallery, Foston, Derbyshire.

Other Information
I enjoy demonstrating hand-building techniques and happy to give local talks/demonstrations about my work.
Active supporter of Adopt-a-Potter 
New website now available - check it out

Technical Information

Technical Information

My work is reduction fired to approx 1280 C in either a propane gas kiln or my own wood fired kiln.

Glazes are based on traditional oriental recipes - celedons, kaki, tessha and shino but my principal glazes are made from wood-ash which I prepare from locally sourced wood. I use local red clay slip, a variety of commercial slips and wood-ash for decoration.

Most of my work is incised or rouletted to achieve surface effects which are enhanced by glaze pooling.

Career Background

Career Background

Non-ceramic related:
1968 BSc  Chemistry & Zoology
1970 MSc Organic Chemistry
1970-72 Chemical Plant Technologist at Shell Petrochemicals.
1977 BM,BS. Nottingham
1979-2002 General Practitioner.
2003 MBE

I retired from General Practice in 2002 to take up ceramics having harboured a desire to be a potter from about 1965 and been a keen collector for over 30 years.

Ceramics Education & Qualifications 
1965-7 Evening classes in pottery where the seeds were sown.
2002-6 City & Guilds Certificate & Diploma in Ceramics
2004-6 University of Derby Diploma in Ceramics
2003-4 Short courses in Chinese calligraphy and painting
2005  Workshop with Japanese master, Matsuzaki Ken
2006  Workshop with David & Margaret Frith
2007  Wood-fired Kiln Building & Firing Workshop with Nic Collins
2010  Masterclass workshop with Lisa Hammond, Shozo Michikawa & Rizu Takahashi
2011 Japanese Contemporary Ceramics Masterclass and weekend workshop. Whichford pottery

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

2006 
Summer Exhibition ‘Where I Fell in Love’ Gallery, Shipston on Stour.
The Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden.
2007
Summer Exhibition Djanogly Gallery, University of Nottingham.
2008
Ceramics in the Round, Buxton.
2009
The Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden.
Summer Exhibition  Djanogly Gallery, University of Nottingham. 
Ceramics in the Round, Buxton.
Hotpots, Bevoir Castle.
Earth & Fire , Rufford.
Potfest in the Pens.
2010
The Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden.
Joint exhibition as ‘Earthworks’ (5 potters) in Buxton Festival Art Trail.
Solo exhibition at Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough.
Potfest in the Pens.
2011
The Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden.
Summer Exhibition University of Nottingham, Djanogly Gallery.
British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate.
Joint exhibition as ‘Earthworks’ (7 potters) at Arkwright’s Mill, Cromford. 
Bakers’ Dozen Joint Exhibition at The Roundhouse Gallery.
Potfest in the Pens. 
NPA selected exhibition New School House Gallery, York.
2012
Potfest Scotland.
British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate.
Joint exhibition as ‘Earthworks’ (7 potters) at Arkwright’s Mill, Cromford.
NPA selected exhibition, Rufford, Notts
Oxford Ceramics Fair. CPA Associates stand
2013
International Chawan Expo., Taiwan
2014
International Chawan Expo., Singapore
2015
Potfest in the Pens
International Chawan Expo., Belgium

Memberships

Memberships

Member and treasurer of the Northern Potters Association.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Thrown
Handbuilt
Carving
Vases & Bowls
Teabowls
Kitchen & Tableware
Garden
Ceremonial