This is my twentieth-century retrospective, which I say tongue-in-cheek, as it’s just a collection of images of what has survived from my Diploma in Ceramics, 1993-5, and earlier.
1995, from my Diploma final show (with detail of lid handle), copper green earthenware glaze. I made a set of these wide, lidded tureens, finished in swirling sea patterns and colours and partly based on an amazing exhibition I attended that year of Zhou Dynasty bronze vessels.
As every thrower knows, the teapot is the highest form of expression in ceramics. Here is one I made at the marvellous (and now sadly defunct) Ormond Road Workshop in Islington, I was trying to do what the young and precociously talented Lara Scobie was doing back then (like this coracle/viking boat) before she diverged into doing the plain white stuff that became so fashionable in the 2000s. Here is the coracle teapot with detail of side and lid, finished in the old faithful copper green earthenware glaze.
Another teapot, the Aladdin’s oil can design (probably white stoneware, glazes were turquoise over Danish Blue or buttery cream):
copper green earthenware glaze
stoneware, turquoise glaze
Earthenware top half, stoneware bottom half. Based on Thames Bridges and what I found while on mudlarking expeditions at low tide by Blackfriars Bridge with Robert Cooper. The top half was sand-blasted to reduce the shininess of the earthenware glaze, so that it matched better with the more matt glazes in the stoneware bottom half.