I work in raku as I like the way the finished pots reflect their 'elemental' journey from mud to ceramic: I think this particular process imparts a 'sense of life' within a piece.
The transparent crackle glaze I use dresses tightly-controlled, thrown, sculpted forms in a complementary random and natural effect punctuated by paper and glue resisted areas. The pots are modified with shaped 'ribs' during throwing and often have no base so the pot can rock and roll without falling over. I enjoy this play between the fragility of the pot and the durability of its composition. My current forms are inspired by natural seeds and nuts, ringed planets, flower bracts and mechanical aero/spacecraft engine parts. Much of my work is in 2 parts and very tactile, offering a variety of display composition which invites the observer into the sculptural process.
Work is available to purchase direct 'from the maker', and from:
Studio Eleven, Humber Road, Hull, Lincolnshire
Staithes Studios Staithes, N. Yorkshire. 01947 841220
The Ropewalk Gallery, Maltkiln Road, Barton on Humber, N. Lincolnshire. 01652 660380
The Biscuit Factory, Newscastle, Northumberland. 0191 261 1103
The Old Courthouse Gallery (OCG), Ambleside, Cumbria. 01539 432022
Have a look at Eric's You Tube video clips:
Electric wheel-thrown work on 30 yr old Alsager type . Electric bisque to 1000 degrees C. Gas raku kiln (oil drum 'oyster' type, home made) for final glaze firing, by eye to 'cherry red' heat (800-900 degrees C). Simple 2 part raku glaze (clear or with added oxides/carbonates for transparent colour tints.) Post firing reduction of crackle and unglazed areas (masked with flexible tape or various glues.
Foundation in Art and Design at York College of Arts & Technology 1978/79.
BA (Hons) in 3D design (silversmithing, jewellery & ceramics): (grade 2.1) at Manchester Poly 1982.
Design Achievements whilst at Manchester Polytechnic:
Highly Commended in the Johnson Matthey National Design in Silver competition 1980 (Silversmithing: 'hourglass' drinking vessels design).
Jewellery design chosen to represent Manchester Polytechnic's entry into National Design in Platinum Competition 1981 (earring/necklace composite piece in hand made chain mail).
Winner in Royal Navy commission competition to design silverware for the Captain's Table on the recommissioned HMS Manchester (Rosebowls in silver and etched glass design based upon Jodrell Bank radio telescope structure) 1981.
After graduation, went into graphic design as a career, keeping potting skills up sporadically at local college.
Finally decided to put my "toe in commercial ceramics pond" only in late 2005 after a two week course in raku firing - soon I was knee deep, now I am snorkelling and saving for a bathysphere!
Previous Exhibitions: 2016
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, London - 18-20 Aug 2016
Ceramic Inspirations (NPA), Joe Cornish Galleries, Northallerton, N. Yorkshire - 2 July-13 Aug 2016.
Art in the Pen, Skipton, W. Yorkshire - 13/14 Aug 2016
Potfest in the Park, Hutton on the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria - 29-31 July 2016.
Earth and Fire, Rufford Country Park, Nottingham - 24-26 June 2016.
Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London - 16-19 June 2016.
Saltaire Inspired Arts Trail, W. Yorkshire - 28-30 May 2016.
St Wilfrids Church, The Duchy, Harrogate - PV28 then 30 April & 1 May 2016.
Chelsea Art Fair (with Sheridan Russell Gallery) 21 -23 April 2016.
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London (with Sheriden Russell Gallery) 10-13 Mar 2016.
Priory Arts Annual Exhibition, Syningthwaite Priory, W.Yorkshire 15-17 January 2016.
Previous Exhibitions: 2015 (14 shows)
Winter Exhibition at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle - from 20 Nov 2015
New work at Old Courthouse Gallery, Ambleside, Cumbria - from Nov 2015
New work at The Turnstone Gallery, Sandsend, nr Whitby, Yorkshire - from Nov 2015
Ceramics Biennale, Haacht, Belgium - 5 - 13 December 2015.
Shades of Clay: Christmas exhibition at Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke, York - 20 Nov-20 Dec 2015.
Platform - Open exhibition at Morphets auctioneers, Harrogate town centre - 2-4 Oct 2015.
Ceramics in the City (at the Geffrye Museum, Hackney, London) - 24(PV) 25-27 Sept 2015.
PotFest in the Park (at Hutton on the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria) - 24-26 July 2015.
Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate - 14-16 July 2015.
Art in Clay, Hatfield - 3-5 July 2015.
Earth and Fire, Rufford, Nottingham - 26-28 June 2015.
North Yorkshire Open Studios - 6/7 & 13/14 June 2015.
Naked raku, at Water St Gallery, Todmorden, W. Yorkshire - 28 May-28 June 2015.
Contemporary Ceramics at St Michael's, Discoed 23-31 May 2015.
For latest up to date information on shows, please visit www.ericmossceramics.co.uk