Andrew Hague has been making pots in Askrigg for 30 years. He works alone, producing pots wich he hopes people will enjoy both practically and aesthetically. He fires all his work in a large oil fired kiln which at times struggles to reach the temperatures of 1300*C. Like Andrew, the kiln is ageing, mellowing and sagging a bit a the corners!
He enjoys producing both decorative stoneware and porcelain, as well as finding pleasure in using moe quiet and subtle glazes of his own formulation. He finds a harmony in using these two approaches side by side. The yin of the unexpected results of the ash glaze, as opposed to the yang of the craft of the controlled freedom of the decorators brush.
His loves of walking, wildlife, sailing and the sea, and anything else which grips him, all end up in a piece of his work one way or another.
He has taken part in many exhibitions throughout his life, and has work in many private collections including the bowes museum and the Gladstone museum, Stoke on Trent. He now sells most of his own work from his own gallery, as well as commission work, exhibitions and to collectors.
An ever changing range of high-fired stoneware and porcelain. Oil fired
stoneware, reduction to 1280 - 1300 deg. C. Functional ware, most work
is decorated in cool Northern colours using both European and Oriental
brushwork, from small powder pots to prodigious harvest jugs, from
delicate porcelain bowls, to vigorous platters.
Work generally available from:
Andrew has now retired and is no longer making and has largely sold his remaining stock of work (11/2013). If you want a piece of work it may be worth phoning to see if he has any work of the type you want, remaining, but its probably too late
Kiln is my own design, with 60cu. ft. capacity using two old brass Nu-way burners. work is glazed with a talc base glaze, colours used are my own on-glaze colours, applied with Oriental and European brushes. I am also involved with wood-ash glazes and dabble with porcelain.
Born in Sheffield in 1948.
Trained at Chesterfield, Rochester and Loughborough Colleges of Art.
Worked as an apprentice for Marianne de Trey for 6 years at Shinners Bridge Pottery, Dartington.
Moved to Wensleydale in 1974 to a first workshop in rented premises.
Set up Askrigg Pottery in 1978 at the Old School House, where I have worked ever since - until closing the pottery in 2013.
I have exhibited widely and my work is included in museum collections at Gateshead, Bowes, and at the Gladstone Museum, Stoke on Trent.