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Contact Details

Studio: 141 Constable Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, S14 1BG. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1142648340
Mobile: 07706796315
Email:
Web-site: www.stevebootonceramics.co.uk
Availability: To avoid disappointment please phone before visiting.
Joined on: 2011-08-19
Last Updated: 2014-04-13

Artist statement

Artist statement

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 / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Current work and Availability

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

Background and Education

- Studied at Wolverhampton poly 1978-81 BA hons Ceramics
- Birmingham Poly PGCE Art Ed 1982
- taught art in Sheffield 1982-93 retired through accident at work lead to complete withdrawal from all things ceramic until 2006

Membership 
Member of NPA South East from 2006 to  present

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History

History

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.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

NPA selected exhibition  Northern Hot Pot Bolton Museum 15th Dec 2006 – 10 Feb 2007
NPA selected exhibition Yorkshire Wolds Gallery  1st July – 6th Sept 2009
NPA selected exhibition   Rufford Gallery 30th March – 9th May 2009
NPA selected exhibition  Thoresby Gallery  12th July -31st July 2010
NPA selected exhibition  Platform Gallery Clitheroe 11th sept – 30th Oct 2010
Potfest in the Pens 2011

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Vases & Bowls
Teabowls
Kitchen & Tableware
Bottles
Wood