My first real experience of pottery was when studying for my sculpture degree at Loughborough College of Art & design, where as part of my course, I was taught the basic skills in the ceramics department.
I later worked at the Fulham Pottery for 12 years where I had many adventures and learned far more! After a further period in the industry I started a small workshop with my wife Louise. We worked together for almost 25 years until her death in 2016.
Currently I produce earthenware pottery and tiles decorated with themes from the natural world of countryside and seashore.
I have always loved to draw and paint and have adapted watercolour techniques for use with ceramic pigments. This gives me the freedom to illustrate the ceramic surface in my own way.
My pottery is white earthenware, thrown, press-moulded or slip-cast, then painted with underglaze colours and oxides, under a transparent glaze.
The tile panels are slab rolled using earthstone hand building clay and decorated in the same way. After firing they are mounted in hand-made reclaimed wood frames.
I enjoy making sculptural ceramics for the annual competition/exhibition at Potfest. it is an avenue I want to explore more in the future.
I continue to work from my Leicestershire home-based studio, taking inspiration from the local landscape around Charnwood forest, the river Soar valley and the distant wild coast...
Ceramics in Charnwood
Louise and I started an annual ceramics market here in Loughborough over 10 years ago. It has grown from humble beginnings to be an eagerly awaited event held in the towns old market place, attracting potters, ceramic artists and visitors from across the region.
Look out for news of the latest market on the Ceramics in Charnwood Facebook page.