View Image Gallery Andy Pearson(Full member)Tel: 07789905899 Email: Web: www.stonemonkeyceramics.co.uk
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
Stone & Raku ware
Gas / Electric Kiln for Stoneware, cone 6-10 reduction and oxidised firing and Raku kiln for Raku work
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.
Ceramics South East 2009
London Potters Exhibition, Morley Gallery, London 2011
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
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: 1 Eason Villas, Maidstone Road , Marden, Kent, England, TN12 9AD.
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Availability: Available on request via telephone appointment only
Joined on: 2011-12-04