Friday, 31 March 2017

A little history

In 1966 I left South Africa and sailed to England, landing at Southampton on a misty Sunday morning in February.
I was 20, and had a broken-off university education in english and history, and a similarly broken off art school ceramics diploma! But I had masses of self confidence and loved throwing pots!
Throwing at Morar Pottery, Morar, Invernessshire - about 1967
After a year in London, working at Briglin Pottery, Crawford Street, W1, I moved to remote Morar on the west coast of Scotland and rented a huge workshop, formerly a training centre, from the "Highland Home Industries". Seated at the wheel I had a view over the  Morar River estuary, which filled and emptied with the tides. The work I made was sold in the chain of craft shops the HHI ran in the Highlands and in Edinburgh. In 1968 I spent some time in Dublin, working in the workshops of Fergus O'Farrell - an almost legendary Irish sculptor and entrepeneur.
 I moved to back London in November 1968.
Throwing jug on kickwheel, Greenwich Studios, London, about 1970

I rented the first floor of Greenwich Studios, a Victorian shop building at the foot of Blackheath Hill, from Alan Wallwork, who had moved his pottery to Dorset. Here I produced quantities of once-fired "medieval" loving cups for a restuarant in St Martins Lane ("1066" run by the Bloom family of washing machine fame). Saving all the money from this enabled me to buy the Magpie, a former pub on the Suffolk - Norfolk border.

Same kick wheel, Magpie, Fersfield, Norfolk. 1976

On the wheel: coffee cups and coffee pots for David Mellor Shop, Sloane Square, London 
My workshop was in an old stable, and the same self-built wheel produced quantities of teapots, coffeepots and 100's of candlesticks - the biggest seller.
I moved to Denmark in 1978 and sold the Magpie in 1980. It is for sale now for the 3rd time since I sold it - see  it here. The catenary arch of my oil kiln still stands in the rear garden!


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Exhibition in Birkerød


The exhibition I have been part of at Birkerød Gamle Præstegård (Birkerød Old Rectory) closes on Sunday 20th November. So there are only a few days left to see it.













Friday, 4 November 2016

Opening today: The Wood-fired Kiln - in Springfield, Missouri!

The Wood-Fired Kiln: A Catalyst for Collaboration – Springfield Art Museum

Wood-Fired Kiln features the work of seven well known local, regional, national and international ceramicists whose work incorporates, to varying degrees, wood-firing techniques and aesthetics: Kenneth Baskin, Keith Ekstam, Rick Hirsch, Nina Hole, Jeff Johnston, Scott Meyer, and Priscilla Mouritzen. This exhibit focuses specifically on work that has been created using a wood-fire kiln and will investigate the character and dynamic of the collaborations that have resulted from this very communal and social process.

​November 5, 2016 - March 5, 2017
​Reception: November 4, 2016, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
​Artist Panel: March 4, 2017, 1:30 p.m. 

www.sgfmuseum.org

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Firing and Ceramic Festival

Long dry wood for the Bourry firebox

A little bit of "wicket" stoking - Starworks-style!

I have an exhibition in the Old Town Hall, Skælskør

Old Town Hall, Skælskør

Old Town Hall, Skælskør

Market stand, Skælskør Ceramic Festival, 17th July

Market stand, Skælskør Ceramic Festival, 17th July

Hans Börjeson, Sverre Tveito Holmen, Sten Lykke Madsen and Birgitte
Börjeson - potters

These pots from the Bourry Box firing are on their way to Springfield, Missouri