Chris Barnes makes his stoneware and raku pots at Morvern Pottery at Rhemore in Morvern, Scotland.
His stoneware range, which includes bowls, plates, mugs, jugs and vases, is thrown using a kickwheel and completed with various high-fired glazes. He formulates his own glazes using a variety of minerals to produce a rich colour response combined with a very durable surface. Each of the pots is unique as a result of the entire making process. Firstly, the clay is hand-thrown on the wheel or slabbed to produce the forms. After the first firing the glaze is applied by hand. Finally, careful control of the kiln atmosphere during the second firing brings out the character of the ware, its colours and durable finish.
The raku pots are hand-built using a coarser clay which is able to withstand the raku firing process. This involves removing the hot pots from the kiln at about 1000°C with tongs and placing them in a bin filled with hay or other burnable stuff. The burning that takes place as the pots cool results in charring and smoking, which gives the raku ware its distinctive quality.