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Contact Details

Studio: Vine Farm, Barnack Road, Bainton, Stamford, Lincolnshire, UK, PE9 3AE. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1780 740611
Email:
Availability: We have a small gallery adjoining the pottery. Visitors are always welcome but please telephone first.

Directions: Situated about 4 miles from the unspoilt stone market town of Stamford in South Lincolnshire, and not far from the A1, Bainton is approached by leaving Stamford on the B1443, past Burghley House. Vine Farm is an 18th century limestone farmhouse in the heart of the village, opposite the church.


Last Updated: 2011-09-24

Current Work

Current Work

For many years I have enjoyed impressing deeply into soft freshly thrown vessels at the wheel using simple handmade wooden tools, the decoration being integral to the vessel rather than on the surface. Occasionally this "carving" was so deep that the inside and outside were reunited. The vessels were glazed with matt ash glazes applied from an assortment of containers with large house painting brushes. Recently I have stopped "carving" into the clay and am enjoying painting the surfaces very quickly with large flat brushes.

Work generally available from:
Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk, UK
Bottle Kiln, Derbyshire
Felsted Studio, Essex
Frank Haynes Gallery
GalleryTop, Derbyshire
Harding House Gallery, Steep Hill, Lincoln
The Hub, Sleaford, Lincs
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Rope Walk Gallery
Round House Gallery
Rufford Craft Centre, Notts
Whitemoors Gallery
Woodbine Arts, Lincs

Technical Information

Technical Information

I use a grogged clay, rich in fireclay and apply all my glazes with large flat brushes. Any decoration, using variations of the same glazes, is done at the same time.I work with mainly matt glazes, including matt ash glazes.All work is fired in a 27cu ft downdraught gas kiln to Orton Cone 10 in approx 10 hours. From 1000oc until Cone 10 bends the atmosphere is heavily reduced.

History

History

I set up my ceramics studio in 1986, following a course at the Chelsea Westminster School, where I also worked as the ceramics technician. I taught for several years at Newark and Sherwood College and Clarendon College, Nottingham. In the spring of 1994 I set up Vine Farm Pottery in Bainton, near Stamford and produced individual thrown pots, which were carved, impressed and textured by hand, usually incorporating a high degree of handbuilding. These were made from heavily grogged stoneware clay, often matt ash glazed, and fired in a gas reduction kiln to. My work has been widely exhibited. I am married to Pauline and we have two daughters.

Teaching Experience: 1987-1994 Ceramics courses at:
Newark and Sherwood College;
Clarendon College, Nottingham;
SCOPE, Balderton Hospital, Newark

Recent Exhibitions

Recent Exhibitions

1991 - Usher Gallery, Lincoln - LHCC Group Exhibition
1991 - Torkington Gallery, Stamford - Group Exhibition
1992 - Bonham's, London - Decorative Arts Today
1992 - Collection Gallery, Ledbury - New Makers
1992 - Fiery Beacon Gallery, Painswick - Spring Exhibition
1992 - Willoughby Memorial Gallery - Solo Exhibition
1993 - Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester - Solo Exhibition
1993 - Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia - Group Exhibition
1994 - Pam Schomberg Gallery, Colchester - Water Works
1994 - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh - Solo Exhibition
1994 - The Roundhouse, Derbyshire - Bakers Dozen Exhibition
1995 - Torkington Gallery, Stamford - Group Exhibition
1995 - Pam Schomberg Gallery, Colchester - Group Exhibition
1995 - Bircham Gallery, Norfolk - Group Exhibition
1996 - Anderson Gallery, Broadway - Summer Exhibition
1996 - Torkington Gallery, Stamford - Group Exhibition
1996 - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh - Solo Exhibition
1996 - Cambridge Contemporary Arts - Christmas Exhibition
1996 - Fiery Beacon Gallery, Painswick - Spring Exhibition
1997 - The Roundhouse, Derbyshire - Bakers Dozen Exhibition
1997 - Bircham Gallery, Norfolk - Duo Exhibition
1997 - Country Works, Montgomery - Trio Exhibition
1997 - Cambridge Contemporary Arts - Design for Living
1998 - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh - Solo Exhibition
1999 - The Roundhouse, Derbyshire - Bakers Dozen Exhibition
1999 - Touring Exhibition, Russia - CCN with Usher Gallery
2000 - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh - Solo Exhibition
2000 - The Bottle Kiln, Derbyshire - Duo Exhibition
2001 - Aberdeen Art Gallery - Impressed and Incised Ceramics
2002 - The Roundhouse, Derbyshire - Bakers Dozen Exhibition
2003 - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh - Solo Exhibition
2004 - Bircham Gallery, Norfolk - Duo Exhibition
2005 - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh - Solo Exhibition
2005 - GalleryTop, Derbyshire - Trio Exhibition

Selected Events:
1990 - Chelsea Craft Fair, London
1991- Chelsea Craft Fair, London
1992 - Chelsea Craft Fair, London
1994 - CPA Selected Earth and Fire, Rufford - Group Fair
1996 - CPA Selected Earth and Fire, Rufford - Group Fair
1996 - CPA Selected Christmas Fair
1997 - CPA Selected Earth and Fire, Rufford - Group Fair
1997 - CPA Selected Christmas Fair
2000 - CPA Selected Earth and Fire, Rufford - Group Fair
2003 - CPA Selected Earth and Fire, Rufford - Group Fair
2004 - CPA Selected Earth and Fire, Rufford - Group Fair

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Thrown
Painterly
Handbuilt
Carving
Shino
Dry Matt
Ash
Teabowls
Sculptural
Reduction
Gas