Artwork for Patrick Geenty
At The Wheel
I make all my work on the potter's wheel using porcelain clay and a glaze technique called 'Crystalline'. Using this difficult technique real crystals are formed in the surface of the glaze, during the firing and cooling phases. These crystals are not an 'added' decoration, but form naturally and distribute themselves dependant on the shape of the pot, thickness of the glaze and firing schedule. There are many failures, which is why most potters avoid this approach to glazing.
Every time I sit at the potter's wheel I try to produce something new and different. I never simply repeat the same shape or design over and over again, but seek to create something special every time. When unique pots are thrown on the wheel, I find that crystalline glazes add a contemporary feel to every piece I make. Sometimes the combination of form and crystal distribution produce stunning pieces of ceramics. Every time I open the kiln there is something new and different waiting for me, and it is that exploration of the unknown which excites me.
I am a professional artist potter, who set up Herries Pottery in Hanley William, about 5 years ago.
My pottery is open to the public, on appointment, and I welcome visitors at any time. I have considered teaching workshops but at the moment can't find the time, perhaps 2022 will be the year I start!
I learnt to throw at Prinknash Pottery in Gloucestershire in the mid 70s and spent several years learning the craft and the associated techniques of glazing and firing before I became an art teacher. I taught for a number of years before changing direction completely and joined Gloucestershire Police. My police career spanned some 30 years, and I ended as the Chief Constable of Wiltshire. Pottery drew me back, and I started Herries Pottery in 2015, focusing on crystalline ceramics which became an absolute passion.
In July 2021 I was fortunate enough to be asked to exhibit my work at the Shrewsbury Museum of Art together with other contemporary artists.
I sell most of my work on line through my Etsy shop 'Herriespottery' and have my own website at herriespottery.com. All of my current work can be found in my online gallery.