Artwork for Kathy Priddis
Boats at Ballingham
Patricio Church, Black Mountains
The Old Mill, Mordiford
Chapel Rock, Severn Estuary - mixed media
Salt pig with oak leaves
Tall garlic pot
I chiefly work on the wheel and I aim to make full-bodies pots which closely relate to natural forms, and which harmonise with my organic glazes. These are made from dug clays from Herefordshire, the Forest and the upper reaches of the Severn Estuary, combined with my own interactive celadons, inspired by 16th Century Korean refugee potters in Japan. I decorate with oxides, wax, impressed designs or leaf resist, especially English oak, and I often incorporate animal or human figurines as knobs. I also make wild and domestic animal sculptures and specific human figurines such as musicians plus conversation pieces entitled ‘Buddy Benches’.
My painting also reflects our local countryside, which is rich in my preferred subject matter: hills, rivers and streams, and old buildings, such as disused or converted mills or country churches. I work on canvas or heavy paper using acrylics, oils, watercolour and pastels, and the earth colours of my palette are similar to my glaze colours.
For me, the experience of being an artist means having a close encounter with the environment, either above or below ground.
I have been a painter and potter for many years. I make oxidised stoneware for everyday use at accessible prices and I paint local scenes.
I do clay-work in a cabin in our garden and paint in my attic studio. I offer personal tuition by arrangement, both in clay work, (particularly thrown but also slab pots), and individual or small group painting and drawing sessions.
B.Ed Hons Roehampton Institute - at college I studied ceramics with Harry Stringer and David Leach, who taught me the science of glaze-making and inspired me to use organic material rather than chemicals.
Thrice-annual Open Studio Exhibitions; Secret Gallery, Newent
Brown Hen Gallery, New Radnor;
The Kilpeck Inn, Herefordshire.