I work in the Slipware tradition. Its roots in North Devon are what drew me to it. Its humble origins of the everyday medieval pot to its vibrant place in today’s studio pottery are what kept me at it. My pots are made for the kitchen, oven and table to celebrate food in everyday life.
Although my work is deeply rooted in the North Devon Slipware traditions, it has a freshness that sits well in any modern home and Country cottage alike. marrying old techniques with newer ones, using wet on wet slips so they bleed into one another and slip trailers but with force to achieve splashes with feathered edges. Using slabs to mix in different textures. Thrown then altered shapes to achieve things that can not be done on a wheel alone, coil throwing and extrusions too. I’ve just designed and built a 130 cu ft gas kiln which has freed me up to make whatever my heart desires and bigger pots as well. The kiln takes 2 months of production to fill and I’m still learning how to fire it but even after 3 firings it has moved my creative practice to places I couldn’t have gone without it. I love tradition and I believe the best traditions move and progress with time. The goal is to be moving forwards while always looking backwards…
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