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Photoshoot

Last week I had some of my work photographed by the expert craft photographer Yeshen Venema. The experience was both enlightening and enjoyable. I got to witness the photographer's process from behind the scenes - seeing how he manipulated the light to provide an even coverage; preventing unwanted reflections and shadows. A lot of the [...]

Round Robin

I was a tad busy this Autumn/Winter. If I try to put it all down I realise it looks a bit like a Christmas round robin letter - a lengthy listing of what I've been up to, regardless of the audience! So, no obligation - feel free to enjoy only the pictures and skip the rest! I [...]

Green and Black

My latest firing included porcelain pieces glazed in the new green colours that I've been focusing on, along with the dark, almost black clay vessels that I make. The glaze has a small amount of iron oxide added to give it the green tint. A larger amount of iron is added to the same glaze for [...]

Wilderness

I have a special liking for slightly deserted landscapes with that abandoned dilapidated look going on. Dungeness on the Kent coast has to be my favourite place to experience this kind of atmosphere.                   It's a massive coastal 'desert' where fishing boats lie stranded on the vast stretch of shingle, slowly rusting and weathering away.      There [...]

In the tea garden

Over the last few months, along with other things, I've been working on developing a new range of teabowls which will feature various complementary glazes.There's something very special about the teabowl, with it's handle-less form, that seems to make you engage with the vessel, and its contents, more intensely. It's a simple concept but can be created [...]

Oatmeal and plums for tea

Some test pieces from my latest firing My latest firing included a mix of pieces heading for galleries and forthcoming shows. It also included some tests to try out different clay body mixes and surface treatments. Some of the new test pieces explore a different look to the light celadons and dark pieces that I make. I'm [...]

Clay

I've been experimenting again. In fact I think I'm always experimenting a bit. I always want to try out things and ideas that are new to me, so I rarely spend a day in the workshop without trying out a variation on a shape, a new glaze recipe, or a new clay body. Recently I've been [...]