Artwork for Clive Devonshire
I have tried my hand at most types of ceramics including raku and pit firing, but the resulting smoke can be a little antisocial. I now make mostly thrown and slab built stoneware vases and plant pots fired in a electric kiln to 1200 C. Both methods are very satisfying and by using various clays such as crank, both buff and terracotta, I can achieve different textured finishes.
Being a retired builder, pottery now fulfils my passion and need to be creating something that I hope will bring enjoyment to others.
My studio is really a one man space although my wife is threatening to join me soon to try her hand at hand building. I am not precious about my space and have given lessons to a few. I get great pleasure seeing a novice produce their first pot. I will bisque fire it for them which they can decorate later and glaze fire.
My interest in ceramics started with a pot throwing weekend at Jon Williams studio at Eastnor Castle Hereford. I enjoyed it so much that I returned several times and then took a couple of short courses and finally I enrolled on a Professional Development course at Forest of Dean college under Nigel Lambert.
All of my work is sold from my home studio.