Having worked for twenty years in maiolica - which required precision and repetition - I found it liberating to throw with stoneware and fire with wood and salt. The process is not random but it does require one to surrender more to the firing. And these days it is the firing that intrigues me.
I am now working with gas fired carbon trap shinos. These are mysterious glazes; beautiful but elusive. I am obsessed by the desire to understand them.
As a maker, whether I am throwing or firing, I am always seeking that point of balance between the knowable which I can determine and the unexpected which gives the work life.
I make a wide variety of pots as I have three kilns: electric, gas and gas/wood for salt firing.
All the pots are porcelain or stoneware.
Oxford Ceramics Gallery
Iona House Gallery, Woodstock
Bevere Gallery, Worcs.
The Gallery, Wallingford
The Gallery at Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley
Open Studio every year as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks.
- Primary work is made of Limoges porcelain or white stoneware.
- The pots are glazed with a carbon trap shino and then freely decorated with ash, wax, glass and sang de boeuf.
- They are fired in a gas kiln and reduced early and ferociously and taken to 1280 degrees.
- After this, a liquid gold lustre is applied - sparingly - by brush and fired on at 740 degrees
1981 Graduated from Bristol University with Degree in Theology (First Class Honours)
1983 Apprenticed to Alan Caiger Smith at Aldermaston Pottery
1987 Set up Cherry Tree Pottery in Headley, Hampshire.
Member of Oxfordshire Guild of Craftsmen and the Hampshire and Berkshire Guild.
Sold at various galleries, primarily Primavera, Cambridge.
1994 Moved to America.
Set up Spindletop Studio near Stockton, N.J.
Founder member of The Covered Bridge Artisans.
Built a woodfired salt kiln.
2001 Returned to England and set up The Ewelme Pottery near Wallingford in Oxfordshire.
Member of The Oxfordshire Craft Guild and The Society of Designer Craftsmen.
2015 (January) with Society of Designer Craftsmen at the Mall Galleries
2014 Art in Clay Hatfield House
2012 OCG Exhibition at The Old Fire Station, Oxford
2012 CPA Oxford Ceramics Fair
2012 Exhibition of Teapots at Oxford Ceramics Gallery
2012 OCG Exhibition at Bampton
2011: Radley College, Abingdon
2011 Roundhouse Gallery, Foston, Derbyshire (Bakerís Dozen Exhibition)
2011 Bluematchbox Gallery (Porcelain Bowl voted best in show)
2010: Contemporary Craft Fair at Tredegar House, Newport
2010 Art in Clay, Farnham
2010 River and Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames