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All of Michael's ceramics are hand thrown. He enjoys the challenge of creating very large one-off pieces such as his asymmetric footed bowls and is motivated by the discipline and repetition involved in making domestic production ware.
The work ranges from large, elegant bowls glazed in rich blues, deep greens and thick creams, to functional yet beautiful teapots, jugs, mugs and cheese platters. Michael pays strict attention to form and design, incorporating details that set his pieces apart from mainstream mass-produced items.
'I love the freedom I have when throwing my one-off pieces; they provide me with a contrast to the constraints of my production ware. I like to experiment with different glazes, allowing each unique form to dictate the glaze combinations that I apply. The final excitement is the element of surprise that can occur in the firing, often with spectacular results, and it is this that I strive to exploit!
I am equally happy throwing my production pieces; it's such a thrill to create a piece of pottery that someone wants to use everyday. There is something really special about food being presented in and eaten out of unique hand-made pottery an experience that a machine made item can never give.
I want people to enjoy my ceramics, to use them and not treat them as precious objects displayed in a cabinet, only to be admired.'
Technical Notes: All of Michael's work is hand thrown and turned when leather hard to ensure regularity of form and surface. It is biscuit fired to 1060in a gas kiln, then glaze fired using his own glaze recipes to a temperature of 1280.
Everything is dishwasher and oven proof.