I came late to the practice of pottery almost by accident. A complete change of direction from my earlier life as a policeman and a radio engineer. What I have discovered is a vast and unexpected world of endless creativity. I get great pleasure from the process of ‘throwing’ pots on the wheel and seeing a lump of clay turn into the shape it wants to be in my hands. I also make some hand-built and moulded forms. Once a pot is thrown or built I often alter the surfaces to create texture before glazing and am now experimenting with slip decoration in a similar way as well as using it to add colour. I have family connections with Ethiopia and find that I am attracted to the colours and Celtic-like designs found in Ethiopian art. They certainly influence some of the decorative designs I use. All my current work is made using stoneware clays fired in an electric kiln at my home in Hail Weston.
Richard