many years most of my work was primarily vessel based and mainly handbuilt
or press moulded, using coloured and laminated clays and Raku fired. The graphic qualities of the decoration and the contrasts in surface
finish that raku allows are of paramount importance to me. Recently I
have returned to throwing some of my pots, usually variations on tea bowls
and all this work is also rapidly fired using the raku technique.
Journeys and periods of work abroad led me to investigate new directions
in my ceramics; returning to an early interest in figurative sculpture.
Inspired by the simplified figurative forms of African tribal art and
of early Mediterranean culture I hope that my contemporary interpretation
still retains the sensitivity and sensuality of these ritual artefacts. Through these
elegant forms and groupings of these sculptures I try to create a narrative
that invites the interpretation of the viewer.
all my work the interaction of fire on the ceramic surface are of prime
importance and all these pieces are fired in live flame kilns - whether
by raku or wood-fired stoneware and salt/soda glaze.
work is represented in many collections throughout Europe and the UK.
In 1992 I was one of six international ceramic artists invited to work
on the first European Union Ceramic Scholarship and the completed work
was toured to European Community countries. I have also been an invited
artist at the International
Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary, as well as an invited
guest demonstrator at the first International Day of Hungarian Ceramics
and the Hungarian Festival of Ceramics. Since 2003 I have also been co-ordinating the
international artists and artist in residence program for this world famous institute.
have also been an invited artist at many international ceramic symposia,
working with renown ceramic artists from all over the world.
2005 I was elected a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. The Academy consists of about 500 members worldwide and is the major international organisation representing ceramic artists.
1987 I helped to found the International Ceramics
Festival held every two years in Wales and from 1991 to 2004 was its co-ordinator and director. a period which saw the festival firmly
established as Europe's premier educational ceramics event, attracting
guests and participants from all over the world.
as a professional ceramic artist for nearly twenty five years, I am a
firm believer in the education and development of the ceramic arts. Since
the mid 1980's I have been an active educator, endeavouring to pass
on the enthusiasm and knowledge to new generations of artists, teaching
art and design in several universities and colleges, including lecturing
in Manchester City College.
also teach several short courses each year at Schola
de la Ceramica, in Gordola, Switzerland (left).
first book, a ceramics skills project based book entitled "Two
in One Ceramics", was published in the US and Canada by Sterling
Publishers Inc. This edition was also translated into German - "Töpfern. Ideen und Projekte. Alle
handwerklichen Techniken" and French - "Ceramique".
second book "The Complete Potter" was published in 2003
and is now a best seller and textbook in several US colleges. This technique
book is also available in Dutch, Finnish, Spanish' Czech, Polish and Slovak, and I especially pleased that it is one of the first widely translated ceramic books into the languages of the former Eastern Europe. These books
are available online from Amazon (US). or from Amazon
am currently writing a third more specialised technique book called "Painting
with Fire - The Art and Craft of Raku" and a new book aiming
to de-mystify the art of kiln building.