Pottery is a very tactile craft. Throughout the process of making I try to keep the clay's soft and plastic qualities alive. In formulating glazes from naturally occurring local materials, I usually try to do the same, that is, enhance those plastic qualities I so respond to. The attempt is to make objects which are both practical and delightful to use and which, at the same time enrich our visual and tactile environment.
Work generally available from:
Contemporary Ceramics Centre, 63, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, UK, WC1B 3BF
Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey.
European Ceramics, Finkle Street, The Warehouse, Finkle St, Knaresborough, N.Yorks, HG5 BAA.
Labumum Ceramics, Yanwath, Nr. Penrith, Cumbria, CA1O 2LF.
Ombersley Gallery, Ombersley, Worcs.
Oxford Gallery, 23 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AH.
St Ives Gallery, Fish Street, St Ives, Cornwall.
Henry Paddon, Eastbourne, Sussex
Harlequin Gallery, Greenwich, London
Paul Rice Gallery, Ealing, London
Where I Fell in Love Gallery, Shipton-on-Stour
Joanna Bird Pottery
Shibusa, Poole, Dorset - on line gallery
and directly by visiting Mike Dodd's pottery showroom (open Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m till 5 p.m and most other days, but to call first to check Iím in).
1957 - 1961- Bryanston School, Dorset
1957 - 1961- Studied pottery under Donald Potter (a student of Eric Gill)
1962 - 1965 - Cambridge University
1962 - 1965 - Studied Natural Sciences Tripos (Medicine). Honours Degree
1966 - 1967 - Hammersmith College of Art, London
1966 - 1967 - One year postgraduate course in Ceramics
1968 - Started first pottery in Edburton, Sussex. Two chambered wood and oil fired kiln. Ash glazed stoneware and porcelain.
1971 - Moved pottery to larger premises at Woods Place Farmhouse, Whatlington, Battle, Sussex.
1975 - Moved pottery to Cornwall. Built a wood-fired Korean climbing kiln. Used only local materials for the bricks. Started making glazes from local granites, clays, wood ashes, irons, ochres, etc.
1979 - Asked by Survival International and Oxfam to build a large climbing Korean kiln, similar to the one built in Cornwall, in the central jungles of Peru for the "Amuesha tndian Project" - a project aimed at keeping the indigenous people in their natural home. Spent six months there under the guidance of the American project leader, Connie Talbot.
1986 - Moved pottery to Cumbria, concentrating on using local materials, granites, hornfels, andesites, irons, ashes etc. in the making of glazes.
1994 - Pottery at Manor Farm, Cheddington, Beaminster, Dorset.
1999 - Moved to present pottery at Dove Workshops.
Full-time 1981 - 1986
1981 - Senior Lecturer (Vocational Pottery Course) at Cumbria College of Art, Carlisle, Cumbria.
1982-86 - Department Head (Vocational Pottery Course) at Cumbria College of Art, Carlisle, Cumbria.
1972 - Farnham College of Art, Surrey.
1972-74 - Medway College of Art, Kent.
1974 - Harrow College of Art, Middl,esex.
1977-78 - Royal College of Art, London.
Mike's book 'An Autobiography of Sorts will be published mid-September.
If anyone wishes to order or reserve a copy, write phone or email Mike
with the details provided above. Cost £27.
Articles by Mike Dodd
In Defence of Tradition
POTTERY QUARTERLY, 1974 (was invited to a discussion with Bemard Leach in St. Ives, on the strength of this article) Vo1.11, No. 41
ARTISTS NEWSLETTER, 1982
Letter from Peru, Oxapampa project
CERAMIC REVIEW, 1983
Makers or Breakers
ARTISTS NEWSLETTER, March 1984
Running a Vocational Course
REAL POTTERY (formerly Pottery Quarterly) 1986
ARTISTS NEWSLETTER, June 1987
An American Experience
ARTISTS NEWSLETTER, January 1993
Function and Dysfunction
CERAMICS: ART and PERCEPTION 1998
Trembling on the Edge, article oh Patrick Sargent
CERAMIC REVIEW, May/June 1999
Tim Proud article on Mike Dodd - Unambiguous Potter
CERAMIC REVIEW, Sept/Oct 1987 Mike Dodd by Tanya Harrod in CERAMICS MONTHLY, January 1991
Eileen Lewenstein, Review of China Clay: The Eastern Tradition in British Studio Pottery
An Interview with Mike Dodd
STUDIO POTTERY, April/May 1994
My Time at Cambridge
Appeared in various publications including:
Andrew Holden, "The Self Reliant Potter"
Oliver Watson, "British Studio Pottery"
Brian Suthertand; "Glazes from Natural Sources"
Phil Rogers, "Ash Glazes"
Ronald Larsen, "A Potter's Companion"