I have been making pots since 1972, for thirty-five years alongside a career in teaching. The present studio in Radnorshire was established with the building of the kiln in 2005, though it is only with my switch to full-time pottery that the two of us (the kiln and I) have established a working relationship leading to results of reasonable consistency- not that any salt-glaze potter would ever want total predictability!
My current work is all once fired (i.e. without a preliminary bisque firing) to stoneware temperature and glazed by the reaction of salt vapour with the silica in the clay body and the clay slips with which the leather-hard pots are decorated. This method seems to have been invented (or discovered) in the Rhineland in the middle ages and was copied by English potteries, notably at Fulham, in the seventeenth century. Those early salt-glazed pots and the traditional country pottery (usually low temperature slipware) of Europe are the inspiration for my work.
The core of my work is a range of “standard ware”, though it is in the nature of salt-glaze that no two pots are the same, and in any case I give myself a fair bit of freedom to vary a shape. Larger jugs, jars and platters, with combed and trailed decoration constitute most of my “exhibition pieces”. Future plans for the pottery include the building of a “Sèvres type” wood-fired kiln for unsalted ware.