Jeremy Steward trained in Cornwall and then in Cardiff before being invited to join Wobage Workshops in rural Herefordshire in 1995. He and his wife Petra Reynolds, were part-time apprentices to Mick and Sheila Casson until Mick’s death in 2003. From 1995 he has made wood-fired salt-glazed stoneware and porcelain, once-fired to 1300˚C. This is predominantly wheel-thrown but more recently also slab-built.
“Alongside a driving motivation to make functional pots for the kitchen & table, I am inspired by the soft fluidity of the materials themselves; clay on the wheel, slip and raw-glaze.
My work is decorated in various ways; I often draw, a sort of wet scragfitto, while the pot is still on the wheel, or after the pot has been slipped. Otherwise they might be embellished with stamps, roulettes or finger-wipes through slip, a vocabulary of abstract marks which are forever changing, but which consistently provide movement and fluidity in their accentuation or distortion of form.
My involvement with wood-firing and salt & soda-vapour glazing, forms an intimate and dynamic aspect to my making. Subjected to the vagaries of kiln atmosphere and flame movement, the pots celebrate a meeting between the conscious and unconscious. Control and intention exercised in the studio, is tempered by the inevitability of a certain unpredictability in the kiln-fire.”
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