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Art Gallery of the Year 2021 - Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards


Paul Wheeler

Pourer - Inky blue with unglazed lid


Ref: 108463

8 x 8 x 6 cms


Paul Wheeler

In Paul's work, he looks for sharp, crisp lines and flat surfaces. Paul likes the contrast of surface texture, of the glazed and unglazed. Using gas reduction firings, Paul wants to show off the clay's body, which can range from blue-grey to a toasty orangey-brown. He wanted to see the drama and excitement of the firing, the iron in the clay being pulled by the flames through the glaze or the depth of colour that results from the oxygen being ripped out of the glazes, transforming their colour in unpredictable ways.

Paul first came into contact with clay was during his degree in Japanese whilst studying near Osaka. He studied language in the morning and he was free to choose cultural modules to fill his afternoons. Having never given much thought to ceramics, he was excited to get his first choice on the oversubscribed Japanese Pottery class. Paul found he was able to express himself and ideas in new ways and he still gets excited about what's achievable through clay. In Japanese culture, there is a sense of a continuing conversation between modern and ancient aesthetics and with such a strong heritage of handmade craft, people in the UK are coming back to that appreciation. Paul's work speaks of a time, a place and the spirit of the moment when an object is created. It is the moment that exists between the modern technological world we have found ourselves in and the time before.

Paul is based in Surrey.

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