From one firing to another, it is possible to detect the constant metamorphosis of my work. I am constantly expanding my own limits, pushing boundaries and taking risks that are necessary for growth. I have not succumbed to a production workshop mentality where exact repetition is the dominant factor.
It is the willingness to take risks and bear the consequences that distinguishes the artist from the craftsman.
I love things which are interesting, varied, engaging and beautiful. I personally don’t respond to everything being uniform and minimal because it bores me.
I strive to create spacial drama in my work- an intricate composition of colour, shape, texture and form which the viewer feels compelled to touch, hold and rotate revealing complex relationships. I hope that my work has an effect on people which is more akin to a feeling and cannot always be put into words.
In my work, I have always been willing to take risks and push boundaries. Not being afraid to fail allows the “glass ceiling” on achievement to be broken.
I apply this principle to other aspects of my work and life too. I am happy to embark on a long journey across Europe or to America to take part in an event that I have never been to before. My view is that I will always return richer than when I left whether that be financially or in terms of knowledge. There is always something to be gained from such ventures such as inspiration, information or new friendships.
Scone Palace, Scotland : Potfest Scotland - 18th year
June 10, 2016 to June 12, 2016
Rufford Craft Centre : Earth and Fire 2016 at Rufford
June 24, 2016 to June 26, 2016
Potfest in the Park : Potfest in the Park 2016
July 29, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Oldenburg International Ceramic Fair : Oldenburg - 34rd International Ceramics Fair
August 06, 2016 to August 07, 2016
Vitrified translucent porcelain, mostly thrown and turned with lower temperature glazed inclusions. Multiple firings at between 1280 and 780 in an electric kiln.
Current Work Available from:
Gallery St Ives, Tokyo
Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
Primavera Gallery, Cambridge
Montpellier Gallery, Stratford on Avon
Iona House Gallery, Woodstock
Pyramid Gallery, York
Marine House Gallery, Beer, Devon
Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge
You can also see Tony's work on his Facebook page
Ceramic Art London
Art in Action
Potfest in the Park
Art in Clay
Earth & Fire
Oxford Ceramic Fair
Ceramics in the City
Keramisto, Millsbeek, Holland
Argilla Aubagne, (International Ceramic Fair, France)
Argilla Italia, Faenza, Italy
Le Tupiniers du Vieux Lyons, France
Gmunden Int’l Ceramic Market, Austria
Born in Sunderland 1961. Trained in Studio Ceramics at Preston Polytechnic 1981-84.
Granted a distinction from the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
Worked in the ceramic industry in Stoke-on-Trent including Coalport China as a designer from 1986-88.
Set up studio in Leek, Staffordshire in 1988.
Fellow member of the Craft Potters Association.
Maker Member Contemporary Applied Arts
Porselein Loes & Reinier, Deventer NL
Tokyo Art Fair
Biennale International de Ceramique Contemporaine de Sevres
Contemporary Ceramics Centre, Solo Show
Diessen Potters Market, Germany
Tokyo Art Fair
Gallery St Ives, Tokyo, Chawan Exhibition
Gems, Contemporary Ceramics Centre
Clay 20, Tim Andrews Gallery
Ceramics Now, Bevere Gallery
Festival de Ceramique, Paris 11
Galerie Terra Viva, St Quentin la Poterie, France
Origin, The London Craft Fair
Bonhams Contemporary Ceramics Auction
Fulham Place Art Fair
Arts du Feu, Rennes, France
Gallery Don, Montsalvy
Salon de Ceramique, Paris 14, France