On leaving Derby University I pursued my love of pots by assisting wood-firing potters in Devon, whilst setting up my own studio in Stafford.
Influenced by 16th/17th Century slipware potters, I aim for simplicity of form to enhance my style of slipware decoration. By the use of colour associated with these periods together with the textures created by the associated techniques I hope to make my range of pots, both a palpable and visual experience.
I hand throw the red earthenware clay on a homemade momentum wheel and then slip decorate the green-ware using only four basic coloured slips.
My slip decorating uses a variety of techniques, which include trailing, pouring, dipping, brushing, sponging, jewelling and feathering.
By using the techniques mentioned I am able to achieve a wide range of tones and hues to what appears to be a limited palette of colour
Once the slip decorated design ( which can include the written word ) has been applied, the pots are then ready to be either bisque fired or raw glazed and once fired.
( The technique of glazing employed at this stage is dependent on the time of year and humidity levels.)
Having applied my fritted lead based honey glaze to either the bisque or green-ware pots they are then put aside to dry.
Once dry the pots are cleaned of surplus glaze before being placed in either the gas or wood kiln and fired to cone 03 ( approx.1080 / 1086ºc )
(The gas kiln is used predominately for the highly decorated work where the atmosphere within the kiln can be more readily regulated.)