Jim SimpsonImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Snowberry Cottage, Cock Alley, Calow, Chesterfield,, Derbyshire, UK, S44 5UY. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44(0)1246 277437
Email:
Web-site: www.handmadestudiopottery.com
Availability: Visitors are most welcome but please telephone first.
Joined on: 2008-10-01
Last Updated: 2013-01-10

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

I am now at a stage in my life where there are no commercial or personal pressures on me. I am doing and making exactly what I wish. I have started to paint pictures in oils again after many years and consequently have chosen to work in earthenware with slip and engobe decoration so that I can reflect the inspirations for my paintings in my pottery.

I have developed a black body and fire to 1160 centigrade high biscuit and glost fire at 1040 centigrade I convert my art work to lithos. Since developing this body and experimenting with art work and glazes it has taken my work in a new direction which I am intending to explore further

I have always enjoyed the process of making things and like to share that experience with others.

Current Work

Current Work

I throw, hand build. model, mould and slip cast both functional, domestic and non functional ware in a terracotta body. I then decorate with slip after biscuit firing and decorate further with engobes before glaze firing. At present I am making some moulds for casserole dishes which I hope to be ready for the early part of next year.

Technical Information

Technical Information

I use Valentines standard red terracotta and mix my slips, engobes and glazes to my own recipes. I use an electric kiln and biscuit fire to 1000 degrees C and 1120 degrees C when glaze firing.

Background History and Teaching

Background History and Teaching

1961 -1965 G.P.O. apprentice telephone engineer.
1965 - 1978 G.E.C telecommunications engineer/manager.
1978 - 1980 Chesterfield College of Art Studio Pottery diploma course
1980 - 1984 Workshop and shop at the Coach House, Lea, Nr. Matlock, Derbyshire.
1984 - 1998 Workshop and shop next to Chatsworth House Estate Farm Shop, Derbyshire.
1998 - 2000 Chilling out. Build a workshop at home.
2000 - 2003 Olympia Moulds employed part time making moulds.
2003 - Present. Making pots mainly for Renishaw Hall on the Sitwell Estate. Experimenting with slips and glazes.
2010 (January) retired from Netherthorpe.
2010 to present working from workshop at home

Teaching:
1980 - 1984 Hunloke Adult Education Centre Chesterfield.
1981 - 1984 Peter Webster Adult Education Centre Chesterfield.
2004 - 2010 Netherthorpe School - ceramics with GCSE & A level students.
2005 - 2008 Parkside Community School - Art with GCSE students.

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

1988 Garden and Leisure Exhibition Birmingham N.E.C.
1989 Garden and Leisure Exhibition Birmingham N.E.C.
1990 Harrogate Garden Show. 
1991 Garden and Leisure Exhibition Birmingham N.E.C.
1991 Garden and Leisure Exhibition Birmingham N.E.C.
2010 South East group Northern Potters Association Exhibition, Thoresby Gallery Nottinghamshire
2011 (July ) NPA SE selected group exhibition. Sheffield Woodseats Gallery
2011 (August) Potfest in the pens.
2011 (September) Wirksworth Arts Festival.
2011 (October) NPA. Out of the Fire. Thoresby Gallery Nottinghamshire.
2011 (December) A for Art gallery Chesterfield Christmas exhibition
2012 (May ) Derbyshire Open Arts. Holymoorside. Chesterfield.
2012 (September) Wirksworth Arts Festival

Work Styles

Work Styles

Earthenware
Thrown
Painterly
Vessel
Slipware
Vases & Bowls
Kitchen & Tableware
Garden