Chris HawkinsImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: 1, Fosters Meadow, St. Anns Chapel , GUNNISLAKE, Cornwall, England, PL18 9FG. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1822 835808
Email:
Web-site: www.chris-hawkins.co.uk
Availability: Studio currently not open to visitors, although I hope to open it soon.

Address above is Home Address while Studio is located on the banks of the river Tamar near Gunnislake
Joined on: 2012-05-31
Last Updated: 2013-01-11

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

I started working with clay at the age of 16 & spent 2 years at Art College studying ceramics & jewellery.  I went on the be trained as a production thrower by Hugh West at West Pottery, this training provided me with the ability to work accurately and precisely with Clay. 

Today I make one off thrown pieces which are fired using the raku process.  My main work consists of Copper Matt fumed pots and a range of white glazed and naked raku pieces.  

The copper matt process is notoriously difficult to control and I have spent many years perfecting a recipe and firing process that enables me to consistently achieve strong vivid colours.  I push this process to it’s limits and sometimes will fire a piece several times to achieve the desired results.

Current Work

Current Work

Fumed raku copper matt thrown bottles and vases, white raku lidded pots & bottles and naked raku bottles.

My work is currently available from the following galleries:
• Lander Contemporary Gallery, Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall
• Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall
• Imagination Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall
• Southwest Crafts, Tavistock, Devon
• Northern Lights Gallery, Keswick, Yorkshire
• The Gallery, Wallingford, Oxfordshire
• Bell Fine Arts, Winchester, Hants
• Haddon Galleries, Torquay

Technical information

Technical information

I use a white stoneware body to which molochite is added to help with the thermal shock, this is fired in an electric kiln to bisc at 1050ْc. The raku work is fired in various kilns built by myself and fired by propane to approx 1050ْc
I use a copper matt recipe which I have developed over many years with frits and materials, some found next to our workshop in a redundant copper & tungsten mine.

Career Background

Career Background

1974 – 1976 
I studied Ceramics & Jewellery after leaving school in 1974 at Plymouth College of Art & Design
1976 - 1980      
On leaving College I was offered an apprenticeship to train as a production thrower at West Pottery on the Flete Estate, Modbury, Devon.  After 18 months training I spent a number of years producing tableware which sold throughout the country & abroad under the ‘West Pottery’ name.
1978 - 2000    
Plymouth Art College of Art & Design in the role of a part time ceramics & glass technician.
1980 - 1991     
I set up a ceramics workshop at Delamore House in Cornwood, Devon producing a range of stoneware with applied lustre decoration  & also experimenting with raku, 
1984 - 2000     
At this time alongside my technician work at the Art College I was a part-time lecturer at Plymouth College of Art & Design & College of Mark & St. John teaching at HND & Degree level and visiting lecturer to local schools & colleges.
1996 - to date   
After searching for the right workshop for nearly two years I found the ideal workshop set in 6 acres of land in the Tamar Valley from which I have been producing handthrown raku ceramics. Since 2000 on leaving Plymouth College of Art & Design I have been living in Cornwall & had more time to concentrate on making, I have contributed to many exhibitions and supply galleries around the country with my current work

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

I have had many exhibitions and have work in private collections.

Juliet Gould Gallery, Fowey
Dartington Cider Press Centre
Mid Cornwall Gallery
Marshall Arts Gallery
Chagford Galleries
Field Gallery, Mansfield
Focus Gallery, Nottingham
Bloomingdales, New York
“Fired & Desired” The Chapel Gallery, NT Saltram House
Midland Ceramic Festival, Rugley, Staffs
Cotehele Gallery, National Trust, East Cornwall
Eton Applied Arts, Eton
Otterton Mill, Devon
D’Vietch Gallery, Abbotsbury
The Mill Gallery, Coverack
Cheltenham Art Gallery, Cheltenham
Walford Mill Gallery, Wimborne
William Sissons Gallery, Helmsley
Cry of the Gulls, Fowey, Cornwall
Treeline Gallery, Bakewell
Arboretum Crafts, Exeter
Spinnakers Gallery, Crediton
Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
The Red gallery, Thame
Taliesin Arts Centre, University of Swansea
The Glasshouse, York
The Lion Gallery, Leominster
Warwick Gallery, Warwick
Guild of Ten, Truro
Cornwall Crafts Association at Trellisick, Truro
Cornwall Crafts Association at Trelowarren, Helston
Julian Jardin Gallery, Perth
Delamore Gallery, Cornwood, Devon
Cry of the Gulls, Brighton
Phoenix Glass Studio Gallery, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
Black Swan Arts, Frome
Spectrum, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 2009
Bianco Nero Gallery, Stokesly, Yorkshire
Handmade in Britain, Chelsea Town Hall 2009

Work Styles

Work Styles

Raku
Thrown
Vases & Bowls