character of Paul's work derives from two inter-related processes. Each
piece is first thrown on the wheel, then subtly altered in form -
giving the pot an individual character and strength defined by a
journey of discovery. The journey continues during decoration, where
the pot's elegance and sense of balance grow directly out of Paul's
concern for harmony between form, colour and the painted surface.
The guiding force behind all Paul's work is energy: sinuous forms creating sensations of movement and life, and the possibilities for change which are always present in the wet clay but are only revealed once the exploration has begun.
Paul Jackson uses a wide range of forms and decorative ideas in his
work, which has developed along two distinct paths: traditional
domestic ware (from 1979), using highly decorated naturalistic designs;
and altered and angled forms (from 1985), using abstracted pattern
decoration in order to impart a deeper sense of colour, rhythm, and
movment to the pot, Both the nude and autobiographical themes feature
strongly throughout his work.
Work generally available from:
Cecilia Colman, London
Beside the Wave, Falmouth
New Craftsmen, St. Ives
Where I Fell in Love Gallery.
Bodmin Hospital, Cornwall
Stand Alone Sculpture
Paul Jackson's pots are hand thrown in terracotta, slipped in white clay, and sgraffito decorated. He uses a mixture of hand-painted and sprayed under-glaze colours and oxides. All pots are bisqued at 920 degrees Celsius and then re-fired, using a transparent glaze, to 1100 degrees.
Name: Paul Northmore Jackson
Born: 24/8/54, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
1966-1972 Secondary Education, Newport (Essex) Grammar School.
10 "O" Levels, 3 "A Levels"
1972-1975 LLB at Mid-Essex Technical College, Chelmsford.
1972-1975: Part-time pottery, Joanna Constantinidis.
1975-1977: Harrow Art School, Diploma, Studio Pottery.
1977-1979: Senior supervisor, Elephant Jobs Ltd, London. Responsible for personnel, production management of a range of domestic and gardemn ware.
1979: Relocated to Cornwall to establish Helland Pottery.
1989: Established Helland Bridge Pottery.
1976-1977: Taught evening classes, Willesden, West London.
1979-1988: Taught evening classes, Wadebridge School.
1985-2002: Visiting lecturer, Camborne College and Falmouth School of Art
Solo, Primavera, Cambridge
Solo, Alpha House, Sherborne
Clay Art, Denbeigh
Art in Clay, Hatfield House
Solo, White Gallery, Brighton
Solo, Candover Gallery, Arlesford
Chelsea Art Fair
Member of Cornwall Crafts Association
Fellow of Craft Potters Association