Pat Southwood - Norfolk potter
I try to use local materials as much as I can, this originally started with a collaboration with Creative Arts East when I used reclaimed thatching reed to create an ash glaze that could only have come from it's original source material, reeds grown, harvested and used on a Broadland house.
Following on from this, restoration work being undertaken at a nearby Broad produced silt as a waste material, gleefully siezed on by myself as another means of bringing together form, firing and place.
Whilst I have long had admiration for those who have access to a large firing crew, working alone in rural Norfolk means that I have had to develop my own ways and means of wood firing and to work with what I have, rather than what I would like. Using a kiln based on the Fred Olsen fast fire design means that I can fire solo for as long as my stamina holds out.
A small kiln, along with a plentiful supply of reclaimed kiln dried wood gives me the freedom to fire frequently, leading to greater experimentation.
1996 - 1999
Anglia Ruskin College Cambridge
B.A (hons.) Ceramic Design
2000 - 2001
University of East Anglia