As well as Artweeks 2019 I will be exhibiting at Handmade Oxford at Waterperry Gardens 27 - 30 June and at Derngate in Northampton from July to September.
I first became interested in ceramics after watching black and white footage of Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach wood firing a climbing kiln and started making pots at school in Barnes under a Korean potter named Yap then continued making mainly functional stoneware for several years.
Many of my pots are made using the ‘naked raku’ process, so called because they do not have any glaze so the clay is naked. While the pot is still slightly damp it is burnished to a high shine and then bisque fired. When cool it is coated with a layer of slip (liquid clay) and then a layer of glaze and then re-fired. It is taken out of the kiln red hot and allowed to cool slightly which causes the glaze and slip layer to crack so that when it is placed in the sawdust carbon is pulled in through the cracks and stains the clay black, the rest of the pot remains white. When cool the eggshell layer (slip and glaze) is chipped off to reveal the crackle pattern underneath. The pots are then finished with a micro-chrystalline wax developed by the British Museum to protect the patina of valuable objects.