I have been working with clay for more than 25 years. I make thrown stoneware pots which are fired with gas, using my kiln to bring out a wide range of colours from my glazes. The ware is mostly for table use and invites touch and handling. Being stoneware it is durable and I try to make it beautiful.
I studied Sculpture at St. Martins School of Art, London 1978-82, where I learned many things – importantly how to weld steel, and to be suspicious of theorising on how to make art. I then did very little of note in the wider world until I helped set up the Chocolate Factory studios in Stoke Newington, Hackney – moving into my first studio at the site in 1995. In 2006 I moved to Morvern, Argyll to set up a pottery.
In 2009 I moved to Cumbria where I work in a converted farm building known as The Duckshed. There I have built two other gas fired kilns which I’ve used since then.
I bought the book “Kiln Construction: A Brick by Brick Approach” by Joe Finch in 2006. You can see one of the results above and the cover of the book below.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of building a wood burning or gas fired kiln. It is very practical and it gives clear instructions on how to build a type of kiln that fires very evenly.