I take inspiration for my work from discarded objects and surfaces created by the environment and time. My work presents a snapshot along the journey of an object, from new, to its eventual rejection and abandonment to nature, an objects slow decay into nothingness brings into being a beauty of its own, and tells the story of its existence.
I use these inspirations to create complex surfaces upon minimal geometric forms, that together evoke their own narrative, and engender a calming presence that brings balance between form and surface.
Made in stoneware, I use both throwing, thrown and altered, slab building and carving techniques to produce my designs. layers of slips and oxides are built up over an object, over time, before I erode the surface and often the clay body underneath, to create the complex textured surfaces synonymous with my work.
Stoneware vases, bottles, bowls and dishes with either volcanic finish or multiple layers of slips and glazes.
Work Available from:
Bircham Gallery. Holt, Norfolk. www.birchamgallery.co.uk Tel: 01263713312
bils & rye, Nunnington, York, www.bilsandrye.com Tel:01439748392 contact: Nick Bentley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All work is currently stoneware with firing ranges from 1240-1260 degree centigrade. All work is currently electric fired in an oxidised kiln.
Construction methods are: Thrown, thrown & altered, press moulded and extruded.
My multi-layer work is created using multiple layers of slips and oxides build up over a form which I then work back into to achieve my surfaces. which are contrasted inside with smooth matt white glazes or satin blue.
The volcanic work is glazed with heavily oxide saturated volcanic glazes and lined with contrasting smooth matt white or satin blue glazes.
Multi-layer work is food safe but is generally intended for decorative use. Volcanic work is not considered food safe.
I served 16 years in the Royal Air Force from 1991 until 2007 before being medically discharged due to ill health.
I decided to take the opporunity to go back to school and do something creative. During my foundation course I found myself drawn to ceramics and have spent the last four years working towards the skills and knowledge and developing a practice that would allow me to spend my future making ceramics and developing my ideas. I'm particularly interested in surface textures and in partucular those created by nature and time on manmade objects.
Fresh out of University I'm keen to establish my practice, which goes well. And as well as making my current range of work I'm continually developing my ideas and exploring new glazing materials, and ways of working with glazing materials and clay bodies to achieve goals driven by my inspirations.
2007 - 2008, Lincoln school of Art & Design, Foundation in Art & Design.
2008 - 2011, Graduated Loughborough School of the Arts July 2011, Ba Hons 3D Design new practice.
Northern Potters Association
2013 - The New School House gallery, York.Nov/Dec
2013 - 'Silver' 25 year anniversary exhibition of the Contemporary Craft Network. Lincoln.
2013 - Earth & Fire, June
2013 - 'Industrial Abstract', The Beetroot TreeApr/Jun
2013 - 'Ceramics in Charnwood', Loughbourough, May
2013 - 'A hint of monochrome' Sam Scorer Gallery, Jan/Feb
2012 - 'Glimmer' Rufford Craft Center, (Nov/Dec)
2012 - 'Inspire', Walford Mill Crafts (Nov/Dec)
2012 - Made by Hand Wales, (Nov/Dec)
2012 - 'Intimate' Gallery at St Martin's, (Oct)
2012 - '50:50' The Harley Gallery, (Aug/Oct)
2012 - European Prize for Applied Arts (Jul/Sep)
2012 - 'Quirky Worky' - Ferrers Gallery (Jun/Aug)
2012 - 'Object' Sam Scorer Gallery, (Jun/Aug)
2012 - Earth & Fire, (June)
2012 - The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey (June)
2012 - Ceramics in Charnwood, May
2012 - 'Sock', (March)
2011 - Gallery at St Martin's exhibition, November/ December
2011 - Fools & Angels selling event, November
2011 - Lustre
2011 - Potfest in the Pens
2011 - Earth and Fire (Student stand)
2010 - Gallery at St. Martins exhibition
2010 - Potfest in the Pens, August
2010 - Ceramics in Charnwood, May