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Pat  Southwood


Wood & Soda fired Pots from the Norfolk Broads

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   Inspired by the East

Norfolk and Japan







Based in a former Thatchers Yard, just outside Norwich and next to Salhouse Broad, my rural location directly informs my work . It also provides me with a lot of raw materials I that can use. From reclaimed thatch to make an Ash glaze to using reclaimed silt from dredging at the Broad I attempt to run my workshop on the most practical and pragmatic means possible.

Training in rural Japan enables me to make the most of what I have. I fire my wood kiln using recycled pine, which is locally sourced and I use other reclaimed products from nearby firms.

I can enjoy the beauty of the Broad and the nearby landscape as my source material both visually and practically.

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

This comes not just from ceramics, but also from textiles, traditions, and respect both 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. Then 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. I have visited Japan three times since and exhibited there in 2009 and 2010. These connections have brought  about much learning and friendship with a shared passion for clay and craft.

In 2015  I waqs honoured by Euan Craig for the opportunity to share with him a piece of work in the first firing of Shoji Hamadas Noborigama in over 40yrs.  The restoration project came after the Great Earthquake of 2011 and was very sucessful and produced a beautiful firing.


From 2016 I am able to offer students the option of individual , joint, or group tuition, both on the wheel and hand building.

Local accommodation Hotel/ B&B/Camping can be arranged.

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  • 129 Lower St. Salhouse    

  • Salhouse Broad Norwich  Norfolk

        NR13 6RX  U.K.

  Workshop open most days,

  please  phone to check if

 you are  making a special journey.

 T. 07704848610








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Listed as soon as know.



Spring Art Show

The Forum Norwich

4th - 9th April.


Norfolk & Norwich

Open Studios.

20th May - 11th June.




See Courses page to come & throw at Cosseys Yard

Next to Salhouse Broad.

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