View Image Gallery Ben Davies(Full member)Tel: +44(0)20 7249 6519 Email: Web: www.bendaviesceramics.co.uk
A variety of coloured and textured clays are used to create distinctive coiled pots, which take their forms and surfaces from nature, with particular inspiration from beach stones and geological textures. Striations, marbling techniques and layering of slips create a dramatic effect, using red, green, blue, black and white clays. Surfaces are scraped and sanded before a single firing at earthenware temperatures. After firing pots receive further sanding prior to final polishing.
I am exploring ways of producing surfaces which are inspired by strata and stone.
I use earthenware clays and generally single-fire at temperatures between 1000șC and 1150șC in an electric kiln.
Ben grew up in York and started making pots at the age of 14, inspired by his pottery teacher at school. After taking a foundation course in Art and Design at York College, he went on to read Geography and Geology at Manchester University. This was followed by two postgraduate years at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying cello with Derek Simpson and chamber music with the Amadeus Quartet. Since leaving the Academy in 1989, Ben has worked as a professional cellist and teacher. He returned to pottery in 1994, attending classes at Barry Guppys studio in Pimlico.
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: 17 Cecilia Road, Hackney, London, England, E8 2EP.
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Telephone: +44(0)20 7249 6519
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Joined on: 2008-05-22
Last Updated: 2012-10-02
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