- A large range of decorated and undecorated pottery is available for
domestic use in a variety of finishes and glazes. Pots are either hand
painted or sgraffito decorated with multiple layers of slip to give a
depth of colour and tone. The extended firing further adds to the
variations in colour and texture.
Large and Small garden Pots, Garden Seats and Sculptural pieces - These vary in size from pots for small plants to containers suitable for shrubs and trees. Chris specialises in making very large pots and garden benches, equally practical for use inside or out. All garden pots are guaranteed 100% frost proof and a selection is held in stock throughout the year.
Individual pieces and commissions - The showroom stocks a limited number of 'one-off' pieces and orders for stoneware garden furniture and special commissions can be undertaken.
All work is wood fired.
Work generally available from:
Maundy Todd Sculpture Garden
Garden Gallery : Garden Gallery summer Exhibition
May 14, 2016 to July 09, 2016
Potfest in the Park : Potfest in the Park 2016
July 29, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Art in Clay - Hatfield House : Art in Clay 2016
August 19, 2016 to August 21, 2016
All work is fired to between 1300-1350°C in a large single chamber 'anagama' type kiln, built in the Spring of 2000. Firings take place two or three times a year and are of 3-4 days duration. During the firing the ash and embers are allowed to build up throughout the kiln amongst the pots. It is this process that contributes to the depth of colour and textural variety that is evident on the surface of the finished work. The work is either thrown on a wheel, or made with a combination of throwing and hand building techniques.
trained at Wrecclesham Pottery near Farnham, Surrey. ( 1974-75). The
pottery at South Heighton was established by Ursula Mommens in the
1950's. Chris has worked there since 1975/6, when he converted some
farm buildings into a showroom and work-shop. He spent 1978 travelling
in West Africa studying traditional pottery making techniques and this,
as well as an interest in tribal art and archaeology, has influenced
much of his work.
Current work availability:
Chris exhibits regularly in galleries and shows throughout the UK and mainland Europe. as well as stocking a comprehensive range of work at the South Heighton pottery. Watch this website for details of shows and exhibitions throughout the year.