I have been designing and making ceramics for 30 years and have used many different techniques and materials during that time. I am currently working with a transparent porcelain and also a specially prepared black porcelain. My pieces are either thrown and turned or slabbed. They are then fired to 1260C with subsequent lustre firings at lower temperature. Each piece is individually designed and made.
I studied studio ceramics from 1981 to 84 before spending some time working as a designer in the ceramic industry including wedgwood. This gave me a broader appreciation of ceramics and techniques, notably the Royal Doulton art-ware of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also, the work of Ruskin, Bernard Moore and Pilkingtons Royal Lancastrian. I also became interested in the work of french potters such as Auguste De la Herche and Clement Massier.
My work is also influenced by 20th century artists, particularly Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian, Nicholson, Brancusi and Rodchenko.
I am, however, also inspired by personal experiences and whilst all of these influences inform my work, I do not consciously try to incorporate them. Instead, they become absorbed and combined with a lifetime of experiences, they form the seed of a new idea.
I love things which are interesting, varied, challenging and beautiful. Personally, I don’t respond to uniformity and minimalism as I find it boring and lacking in stimulation. I find the combination of human judgement and technique exciting and rewarding. So, I aim to achieve layers of interest in my work through the use of colour, texture and form.
My work constantly evolves. I am always willing to take the risks which I feel are necessary for growth and change and am happy to bear the consequences.
Contemporary Ceramics Centre : Fired Alchemy - ceramics - Tony Laverick
March 26, 2014 to April 26, 2014
Le Sel : ARTCERAM - Exposition Internationale de Céramiques Contemporaines
April 24, 2014 to May 18, 2014
Saint Leu Art Expo : Saint Leu Art Expo with ceramics
May 16, 2014 to May 18, 2014
Diessen Potters Market : Diessen International Ceramics Market
May 29, 2014 to June 01, 2014
Keramiekmarkt - Swalmen : 14th Ceramics- and Pottery Market in Swalmen, Holland
June 08, 2014 to June 09, 2014
Rufford Craft Centre : Earth and Fire 2014 at Rufford
June 20, 2014 to June 22, 2014
Art in Clay - Hatfield House : Art in Clay 2014
July 04, 2014 to July 06, 2014
Art In Action : Art in Action - 2014
July 17, 2014 to July 20, 2014
Potfest in the Park : Potfest in the Park 2014
July 25, 2014 to July 27, 2014
International Oldenburg Ceramic Fair : Oldenburg - 32nd International Ceramics Fair
August 02, 2014 to August 03, 2014
Argilla Italia : Argilla Italia 2014
September 05, 2014 to September 07, 2014
Art in Clay - Farnham : Art in Clay at Farnham 2014
November 15, 2014 to November 16, 2014
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 Avaliable from:
Beaux Arts, Bath
Primavera Gallery, Cambridge
Pyramid Gallery, York
Albemarle Gallery, London
L’Attitude Gallery, Boston. USA
Galerie Du Don, Montsalvy, France
Terra Viva, St Quentin la Poterie, France
St Josephs Galerie, Leeuwarden, Holland
New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives Cornwall
You can also see Tony's work on his Facebook page