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Handmade Pots from the Norfolk Broads

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   Inspired by the East

Norfolk and Japan

 

 

 

 

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Based in a former Thatchers Yard, next to Salhouse Broad, my rural location both informs my work and provides me some of with the raw materials that I need to give my work a sense of place.  Using locally sourced thatch from work on local roofs provides me with a beautiful glaze.

Using silt taken from restoration of the Broads also provides me with a natural glaze,  with it being high in silica from the decomposition of plant material over the years.

When I fire my wood kiln I use fallen branches collected on foot locally and recycle pine pallets from local firms.

My pots are mostly hand thrown using a variety of stoneware clays, ranging from  porcelain to a high iron fleck combined with a  love of surface pattern and texture, a  Japanese influence resonates through my work.

This comes not just from ceramics, although Shoji Hamada has been a hero of mine from about age 14. but also from textiles, traditions, attitudes and a huge respect for nature and the handmade.

An active decision not to persue an M.A, but to undertake independant Post Grad training in Japan led to workshops in Mashiko with Hamada Tomo-o, Matsusaki Ken, Euan Craig, and Wali Hawes, amongst others. These then led to a  summer long residency with I.W.C.A.T in Tokoname in 2009 and a first hand introduction to the pots of Shigaraki, Seto and Mino.

 

My connections with Japan have brought  many  learning and exhibiting opportunities and I am grateful to have had met some lifelong friends with a shared passion for clay and craft.

 

New work concentrates on the beautifully faded blues of Boro quilts and a cheerful return to wood firing to obtain the elusive "Hi iro" - a exciting orange, created by the introduction of soda into the kiln at 1200 degrees.  

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  • 129 Lower St. Salhouse      Next to Salhouse Broad     Norfolk  NR13 6RX  U.K.

  Workshop open most days,

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 T. 07704848610

 

 

 

 

 

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EVENTS 2014

 

ART UNEQUALLED

ELY. CAMBS

18-19 OCT

 

 

INSPIRED

NCCS

HOSTRY

NORWICH CATHEDRAL

22 NOV - 2 DEC

 

 

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS

BLACKTHORPE BARNS

SUFFOLK

16-30 NOV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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