I have been busy since the end of 2023 working with the challenge of creating larger scale works using the facilities over at Wiltshire Ceramics Studio. I was fortunate to receive a grant from the Oppenheim - John Downes Memorial Trust for support with costs.
The works are now complete and were captured by photographer Russell Sach at the beginning of February, leading to features on The Times website & Country Life Magazine.
The work will form part of the presentation "The Seduction Room" by Vessel Gallery at Collect 2024, Somerset House, from 1st - 3rd March.
Handbuilt Ceramics published by Crowood Press
Written during periods of lockdown in 2020 putting together "Handbuilt Ceramics" was a major project. I am forever grateful to the nine invited makers who made such a generous contribution by sharing their practice: thankyou Paul Briggs, Mark Draper, Lynda Draper, Madoda Fani, Wanying Liang, Claire Partington, Eusebio Sanchez, Dirk Staschke & Patricia Volk.
Available from Crowood Press and a range of online retailers.
Here's the blurb: Handbuilt Ceramics is a practical guide to all aspects of technique, but goes further by exploring the studio practices of ten exciting contemporary makers. Advice is given on how to get started and information on tools and equipment, types of clay and a safe workspace set-up. Handbuilding methods, such as pinching, coiling, slabbing and press moulding, are explained in detail with step-by-step sequences. Techniques for creating surface interest, pre and post firing, are included using coloured slip, glaze or paint. Ideas for combining techniques and ways to experiment are explored and encouraged, as well as tips to avoid common problems and to achieve successful outcomes. With over 350 lavish photos, this book will provide inspiration through a unique understanding of current work. It is written both for the novice and for the experienced maker looking for a new direction.