I feel I am not quite a potter, at least not in the traditional sense; there are still many skills I have yet to gain and things I must learn. Though I feel my work sits within the classical ethos of British studio ceramics and its Eastern influence, it is not governed by its traditions.
While studying Ceramic Design at Staffordshire University I was fortunate to be introduced, by a mutual friend, to master potter Kevin Millward. who refined my technique on the wheel, explaining the architectural processes within throwing, and the considerations of the future process’ and material attributes that one must bear in mind when designing and creating a piece. I found his help Invaluable and he has, over the years, remained a good friend and source of conversation, both technical and aesthetic.
During my third year of study I went to Miyazaki prefecture, Japan, where I met 7th generation Jomon and Haniwa potter, Numaguchi Hiroki. At his studio we tried, despite the language barrier, to communicate the difference in techniques each demonstrating to the other on the wheel, and discussing a little of the traditions behind, and of, work he made.
After graduating, once I had the ability to return to making the high-fired reduction ware that I love, I began producing body of work in porcelain in pursuit of clean and precise pieces. I became obsessive over accuracy, which was probably due to being in Stoke- on-Trent, the industrial home of British ceramics. Whilst this was a superb method to improve my skills on the wheel, I found that as I developed, I wanted more from my work.
Once I had returned to the Peak District, in the north of England, I began exploring texture, and the uncontrived decoration that is developed through the live environment within the kiln.