View Image Gallery Steve Booton(Full member)Tel: +44 (0)1142648340 Email: Web: www.stevebootonceramics.co.uk
My current work is a balance of form, shape and texture, using the mixed media of clay, wood and metal. My inspiration comes from traditional Japanese ceramics producing contemporary vessels with echoes of the past.
I have recently been working with wood firing using simple shino glazes, firing the pots on their sides and sprinkling rust to melt and combine with the glazes.
Current work and Availability
My work is a combination of many media starting with ceramic pieces to which I add turned wood and metal wire.
I use stoneware and raku to give me my initial forms, which I then add the wooden handles and stoppers, attached with wooden pegs and wire.
I have always been drawn to japanese chawan and yunomi teabowls. The simplicity of form combined with tenmoku glazes are my present focus and theme of work. Developing form and surface texture through applied underglaze slips and additions of bamboo and wire.
Background and Education
- Studied at Wolverhampton poly 1978-81 BA hons Ceramics
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I completed my ceramics degree at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1981, under the excellent tutelage of David Pegg and Jeff and Pam Salter and Alan Swale. After obtaining my PGCE in 1982, I opted for a teaching career in Sheffield. Partly due to my then growing family and partly my desire to pass on the delights of clay and design.
My teaching career lasted 14 years until an accident at work resulted in a period of incapacitation and ultimately, a career change and a complete cessation of anything clay related.
During the intervening years all but one of my four children have left for various parts of the globe and I have endured a variety jobs all of which have failed to fill the creative vacuum caused by the need to support my family in the style to which they would like to become accustomed!!!.
During a visit to St.Ives in March 2006 for my daughters wedding, I was passing time by showing my son a Hamada pot in a local gallery and explaining to him the history of St.Ives and its influences on art, ceramics in general, and me in particular. He commented on the fact that surely all the knowledge and training I had received was going to waste and why didn’t I “practice what I preached”. That specific conversation was the catalyst that led to my decision to return to ceramics after a prolonged absence.
NPA selected exhibition Northern Hot Pot Bolton Museum 15th Dec 2006 – 10 Feb 2007
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: 141 Constable Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, S14 1BG.
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Telephone: +44 (0)1142648340
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Joined on: 2011-08-19
Last Updated: 2014-03-08
Events featuring this potter
Sheffield Winter Garden : Pop up potters shop - Sheffield Winter Garden
Tintagel - Old Post Office Museum : Steve Booton in Cornwall
Rufford Craft Centre : Earth and Fire 2014 at Rufford
Potfest in the Pens - Penrith : Potfest in the Pens