As a self taught artist/sculptor I have learnt through personal study and observations of life rather than from structured classes. This has kept my approach to my work free from the academicism that may otherwise have constricted or diverted my ideas. My love of drawing governs the way I work with the clay - I explore all the contours throughout a pose like drawing in 3D. I have an innovative and unconventional approach to my work and like to work quickly and direct to ensure freshness of the work. My main interest is to capture the attitude and expression of a subject. Each sculpture is completely unique. My work includes figurative, animals and bird forms. I prefer to work from life but also use photographs. I mix my own clay and glazes. I have specialised in Raku and smoke firing techniques for more than 25 years. Surface /texture, colour and glaze effects mishaps are an important part of my work, especially the results of the Raku process. I have undertaken many commissions and exhibited at various venues throughout the southwest. A member of the Westcountry Potters Association.
Raku - is a Japanese word freely interpreted as "enjoyment". It was an ideograph engraved on a gold seal and given by the emperor HIDEYOSHI in 1598 to CHOJIRO who produced wares of refined simplicity for the Zen Buddhist Tea Ceremony.
Raku thereby became his family title. Chojiro is credited with being the first to produce low-fired glazed pottery by a direct process which involved putting pots into and taking them out of a red hot kiln. In Japan the ware was chiefly used for the tea ceremony. Raku glazes melt at about the red heat of a bonfire (750 C) and long tongs and mittens are used for handling the pots.
Reduction - Alters colours and creates lustres. Sawdust, chippings, wet straw, grass and leaves all give different results as reduction materials. Placing the hot pot in an airtight container (a metal bin works well ) with combustible materials which ignite, create smoke and the carbon present reduces the oxides to their respective metal forms. Pieces can then be dunked in water to seal the results.
Oxidation - Allowing the pot to be amply supplied with oxygen, which causes the metals in the clay and glazes to give their oxide colours.
Note : Raku pots cannot be used for liquids or wet foods as they are not waterproof.
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