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Contact Details

Studio: 1 Eason Villas, Maidstone Road , Marden, Kent, England, TN12 9AD. View in Google Maps
Telephone: 07789905899
Email:
Web-site: www.stonemonkeyceramics.co.uk
Availability: Available on request via telephone appointment only
Joined on: 2011-12-04

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

I produce handmade stoneware and raku ceramics for the discerning collector and enthusiast alike. Inspired by classic Japanese ceramics I hope to portray a "Zen" like quality in my work with subtle lines and quiet forms embodying the elements of  Wabi / Sabi in my work and each piece telling a story as well as providing a functional use as well as being beautiful to look at

Current Work and availability

Current Work and availability

Stone & Raku ware

Availability of work: 
Singing Soul Gallery, Cranbrook Kent
and via my website

Technical Information

Technical Information

Gas / Electric Kiln for Stoneware, cone 6-10 reduction and oxidised firing and Raku kiln for Raku work

Career Background

Career Background

I have been making ceramics since 2002. My interest in ceramics first started with Bonsai in 1993 of which the pot is an intrinsic part of the finished image and design. I was introduced to Ceramics and I had a go at making my own pots, with a lot of time and practise I started to get better. After purchasing a small electric kiln and I started to make, glaze and fire Bonsai pots. At first I made them for my own enjoyment and for my own trees. However members of my local Bonsai club started to ask for pots for their trees and I also sold some to a local Bonsai Nursery. 

I gained a lot of inspiration from other great English bonsai potters and this drove me to search for my own individual style, however Japanese ceramics always, and still does, have a huge influence over me.

Over the years I attended several courses at colleges and universities in my quest to improve and better myself. These courses have included throwing pots and glaze formula. In the early part of 2003 I purchased a potter’s wheel and a 9 cubic foot gas kiln. Again there was another learning curve with new glaze recipes and reduction firing. Eventually I progressed enough to sell my Bonsai ceramics all over Europe via shows and also from my website www.stonemokeyceramics.co.uk

I also have a huge interest in Studio Ceramics and I am just starting to deviate from the field of Bonsai Ceramics on my new journey into Studio Ceramics, hopefully finding my voice “En Route”. I am an avid fan of the Leach tradition as this tradition stemmed from the Japanese ethos of producing pottery of which I try to portray in my work. I love subtle lines and quite forms and the ceramic pieces I create must have plenty of “Wabi Sabi” as, in my eyes, there is beauty in in-perfection with each piece telling a story. 

In 2010 I saw the Japanese potter Ryoji Koie at a demonstration at the V&A Museum, he had a huge impact on the way I work now and how I approach the clay. I like to think now that my ceramics have a voice and are an extension of me, embodying a little of my way of freedom, spirit and life.

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

Studio Ceramics
Ceramics South East 2009
London Potters Exhibition, Morley Gallery, London 2011
Bonsai Ceramics
Noelanders Bonsai Expo, Belgium 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011
Best 0f British Bonsai Expo 2009 & 2011
Joy of Bonsai Expo 2010
French Bonsai Expo, Plourhan, Normandy 2010
Bonsai Traders Association Shows 2009, 2010 & 2011 
European Bonsai Association Show Ostend 2007

Work Styles

Work Styles

Raku
Teabowls
Stoneware
Bonsai Pots