In the main the wheel is central to my method of making whilst the majority of landscape pieces are hand built using a variety of slabbing techniques, though some of the forms incorporate a press moulded form to create the textured base.
The work can be devided into three distinct styles with some ideas crossing over. there are the thrown functional ware bowls mugs vases and teapots etc, porcelain ware with the blue and white decoration and the landscape forms.
I enjoy and get great satisfaction from all stages of the making right through to the final firing.
All glazes are made by me from research and experimentation and trials of glazes based on oriental tradition.
Together with the reduction technique help to achieve a distinct range of glazes.
Stoneware and Porcelain reduction fired to 1280’c. Functional, and
domestic ware and individual pieces mainly thrown using a variety of
techniques and production.
A wide range of work is available at the Lichfield workshop gallery.
Also from the following galleries:
Two types of clay used are. The functional ware uses a reduction stoneware body - Potclays Staffordshire stoneware very good smooth throwing body also works well with the handbuilt slab work and porcelain for some of the thrown ware also. The porcelain is J B Porcelain again by Potclays.
The porcelain pieces in blue and white with cobalt slip decoration, is applied by a variety techniques, sponging, slip trailing, masking , brushes, decals and even fingers! Mostly applied at the green stage as a form of underglaze decoration. Varying percentages of cobalt and other oxides produce a range of tones/ shades.
Further work on the decoration during the glazing stage helps to extend the shades of blue including the addition of an orange spot. I have been exploring this idea since the late 1990’s and was influenced by work of a Japanese potter and painter Konda Takahiro with his exhibition at the Royal Scottish Museum Edinburgh in 1995 and also by oriental blue white ware. All work is high fired to cone 10 reduction.
A variety of distinctive glazes used based on classic oriental glazes – in particular Crackle glaze Chuns Tenmoku, Celedons, Iron reds Blue and White ware. Slips and other oxides used to alter and vary the surface.
All glazes are made by me and influenced by high fired studiopottery glaze recipes tested and acquired over the from a variety of sources, books, potters, researched and modified for my use. There is nearly always some idea on the go or on trial. Unlike some potters I don't use just one glaze or two glazes but a variety. Quite often the piece dictates the glaze that I use. Unlike when I first started I generally have in mind what the piece is like before I've started.
Gas fired kiln most of the work fired to cone 10.
Born: July 1949
Graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, award winning Midland-based artist specialising in Ceramics.
Plays a central role in both the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and Midland Potters association. Has exhibited work in galleries across the UK and undertakes commissions from his Staffordshire Studio Pottery.
Head of Art, Broadway School, Perry Bar, Birmingham (retired 2008)
Diploma of Arts, Gray’s School of Art Aberdeen (1978)
Post Graduate Diploma, Ceramics (1979)
- Working full time at his workshop in Lichfield
- Active member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) since 1985. Regularly featured in society exhibitions and Treasurer since 1987.
- Longstanding member of the Midland Potters Association (MPA), Is the current chairman of the Midlands Potters' Association.
- Proprietor of Rosehouse Studio Pottery and Shop producing works from locally-sourced materials since 1981. Also manages small gallery space above the workshop, exhibiting work from regional artists.
Birmingham Art Circle (president 1982-1985)
Sutton Coldfield Society of Artists (1972 -1984)
1996 - Reginald Lewis 3D Sculpture Prize, RBSA Open Oil and Sculpture Exhibition
1988 - Lucas Craft award, RBSA Watercolour and Craftwork Open Exhibition
1985 - Elected as full member of Royal Society of Birmingham Artists (RBSA)
1977 - Elsie Burns travelling scholarship
5th March 2019 Guest potter Clay College Middleport Stoke-on-Trent.
31 September – 13 November 2011 porcelain teapot featured at British Ceramic Biennial 2011
August 2011 Staffordshire Enjoy Art exhibition & ‘Open Studios’
25 June – 4 September 2011 ‘MPA Pots at the Hall’, Himley Hall Dudley exhibition of work by Midlands Potters’ Association
13 July – 20 August 2011 Blue & White porcelain work selected for Open Ceramics Exhibition RBSA Gallery Birmingham
Open and members Exhibition RBSA GALLERY THROUGHOUT 2011, 2010 RBSA Gallery
December 2010 - January 2011 Christmas Show COMPASS GALLERY GLASGOW a selection of Landscape panels.
6 September - 3 October 2010 ‘MPA Goes to Uni’ University Centre Milton Keynes
3 April – 25 April 2010 MPA 30th Anniversary Exhibition Bevere Gallery Worcester
13 February – 3 March 2010 ‘MPA at Burton’ Brewhouse Gallery Burton – on – Trent
12 December – 28 February 2010 MPA at Nuneaton.
19 July – 5 September 2009 ‘Open Ceramics’ RBSA Gallery Birmingham
2009 RBSA Craft Gallery (19th April 13th June)
2008 MPA selected exhibition, Himley Hall
2001-2002 MPA selected exhibition, Booth House Gallery, Holmfirth
2001 Lichfield Arts Festival, Lichfield Cathedral
1997 Chase Gallery, Wadebridge, Cornwall
1997 MPA open exhibition, Bond Street, Nuneaton
1997 Clayworks Potters Co-operative, Worcester
1984-1996 MPA open exhibition, Ridware Art Centre
1982-1996 RBSA open and members exhibitions
1996 Montpellier Gallery, Stratford Upon Avon and Cheltenham
1995/6 MPA open exhibition, RBSA Gallery, New Street and Lichfield Library
1993 MPA selected exhibition, Vaughan College, Leicester University
1992 MPA open exhibition, Gladstone Museum, Longton
1992 MPA selected exhibition, Minworth Greaves Musuem, Bourneville
1972-1990 Birmingham Art Circle exhibitions
1972–1989 Various MPA and student exhibitions
Work in several public and many private collections.