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Initially I throw with earthenware clays in keeping with the slipware tradition. I now opt for porcelain for its strength and white colour. Higher firing temperatures combine decoration and glaze softening the line. Decorating with slips seems a natural medium for me due to its versatility and the various applied techniques such as sgrafitto, brush, dipping, pouring and trailing. I can gain strong colours by mixing in stains and oxides, giving a wide pallet, and combining these give a lustre trail. 

 

I use the clay body with the colour to show contrast, giving impact with repetitive strokes and dots. I finish all my pots with a transparent glaze and fire to 1280 C.

Slipware

Stoneware

I’m always looking to expand experiences with clay and recently have taken on commissions not directly related to slipware. With this work I have thrown vessels and tested glazes to fit the brief using Stoneware clays, glazes and firing temperatures. Work fired to 1260C.

Raku

When I lived and studied in Adelaide, South Australia I was fortunate to study during a time of great interest and affluence in the Arts. The University was kitted out with many kilns, resources and space and so I was introduced to many types of firing techniques including wood firings with soda and salt. We even had a glass furnace. I became interested in the Raku method of firing. We were encouraged to experiment and build kilns too. We had Paul Soldner visit from the United States,
a leading potter in the techniques of Raku who inspired many of us, including me.

 

Raku is a fast firing and fast cooling technique, which gives you the opportunity to be active during and with the fire. It’s exciting with exciting results. I particularly enjoy the method of Naked Raku, using the smoke effects to show contrast on the clay surface. I am inspired by David Roberts’ work and the work of Tim Andrew. With every firing comes more ideas and questions to solve.

I run the Raku Glazing and Firing Course in the garden at Morley College during Summer Courses in July.

 
 

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