Studio pottery in stoneware and raku
My early work, some 40 years ago was influenced by the iconic 20th century potter Bernard Leach, a family friend.
Since then I have been on an ever changing journey, and consequently other factors dictate my contemporary work, though the oriental style is still discernable in my style and decoration.
I have enjoyed a reputation for producing “ Raku “, a Japanese inspired form of pottery, involving firing to 1000 c ,transferring to a bin containing sawdust or other inflammable material , then cooling rapidly in water.
With a high concentration of Copper oxide present in the glaze Turquoise and flashes of copper are the result. Also a white crackle glaze is used, often as a contrast. Raku pots are not food safe or able to hold liquid.
My more Recent work is mainly in Stoneware, fired to 1280 c , in an electric kiln (oxidised condition).The glazes I use are both home produced or purchased from a commercial supplier , depending on what effect I desire.
Most of this work is of strong colours, mainly in abstract design, and is functional, i.e. foodsafe, Ovenproof, dishwasher safe and microwaveable.
- Peter Lee