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Contact Details

Studio: 50 Ridgeway, Weston Favell, Northampton, UK, NN3 3AN. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1604 409942
Email:
Availability: My workshop is in a garage crowded with pots, my wheel, kiln and materials - I don't have a separate showroom. Visitors are very welcome but please telephone first.

Directions: Leave M1 at J 15 - not 15A or 16 - and take the Northampton road. (There is a 60 limit on part of this road). After a mile and a half, after the exit for Brackmills, take the exit for Town Centre / Bedford / H & E. Get into the middle lane.

Take the second exit from the roundabout - signed Abington. Follow the road up the hill, past the speed camera, straight over at the lights. Take the first right after the lights into Abington Park Crescent (the park will be on your left), then third right into Weston Way, then immediately right into Ridgeway. No. 50 is halfway up, on the right.


Last Updated: 2013-12-09

Current Work

Current Work

Recent work has been in reduced stoneware, some porcelain, and raku, with everything being made on the wheel. The stoneware and porcelain is functional, while my raku often uses variations on the same forms - especially bottles and bowls - but also includes more experimental work.

Work available from:
Contemporary Ceramics Centre, 63 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3BF
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire (held the first weekend in July each year)
Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxford (held mid July every year)
The Oakwood Gallery

Technical Information

Technical Information

Work is thrown on a slow Leach kickwheel. For stoneware I use DSS clay from Doble's, for raku a mix of equal parts of T-Material and HF porcelain. All work is biscuit fired to 980°C.

For stoneware I use ash, tenmoku, talc and shino glazes, reduction firing with propane to cone 10 in a 7 cu.ft. ceramic fibre kiln.

For raku I use a soft borax frit / china clay glaze, firing with propane to a nominal 900°C. in an oil drum kiln, and reducing in sawdust.

History

History

While teaching in London I went to a pottery evening class at North Kensington Institute and immediately fell in love with clay. Within three months I was going to four classes a week, to a Saturday course at Sir John Cass College, Whitechapel, and reading Bernard Leach's ‘A Potter's Book'.

A year after my first contact with clay I was teaching ceramics at secondary level and at evening class. Later I was given secondment to take a degree, and finally left teaching in 1997, though I still teach adult classes. During my time in schools I reckon I did some 9000 firings!

As a potter I have worked extensively in reduced stoneware, slipware, and raku, and these three areas of ceramics continue to fascinate me.

Memberships:
Professional Member of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain
Member of the Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen

Publications

Publications

Techniques Using Slips published by A&C Black / U.Penn in the Ceramics Handbooks series April 2010
Raku, published by A&C Black in their Ceramics Handbooks series (2002).
The Ceramic Book (full page with image, biography and mark) 2006, 2008 and 2012

'The Teabowl and the Blues' - article with making sequence, Ceramic Review 225, 2007

My clay bodies and glaze recipes are published in all editions of ‘Clays and Glazes - The Ceramic Review Book of Clay Bodies and Glaze Recipes', enlarged and revised 2001.
Book review - 'Raku - investigations into fire' by David Jones, Ceramics: Art and Perception No. 43, 2001

Reports on the National Pottery and Ceramics Festival 2000, the Southern Pottery and Ceramics Festival 2000, and the Southern Pottery and Ceramics Festival 2001 have all appeared in the Craft Potters Association Newsletter.
Entry in Potters (12th edition) 2000
Report on the Third Southern Pottery and Ceramics Show 1999, Craftsman Magazine 2000
Video review - Jim Malone, Ceramic Review 175, 1999
Video review - Tim Andrews, Ceramic Review 172, 1998
Tradition and Change - article (not my title!), Ceramic Review 169, 1998

Video review - Phil Rogers and Mo Jupp, Ceramic Review 149, 1994
A Glazing System for Schools - article, Ceramic Review 122, 1990
Two Raku Kilns - article, Ceramic Review 104, 1987

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Raku
Porcelain
Thrown
Tenmoku
Shino
Ash
Vases & Bowls
Teabowls
Kitchen & Tableware