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Geoff makes boat forms and thrown shapes that he Raku and smoke fires. Some are finished with a waxed surface when cold.


He trained as a mechanical engineer at a large Midland engineering company working firstly as a draughtsman and later as a project-planning engineer until retiring.


Geoff started making pots in evening classes at Wolverhampton and Dudley Colleges of Art. He first began to teach part-time at Wolverhampton Adult College after twelve months there as a student. For the next twenty-five years he taught ceramics two, or three, evenings a week.


He, also, attended several Summer School courses in ceramics at Loughborough College of Art as a student before being engaged, for several years, as an assistant tutor.


His favourite making method has always been throwing. However, he sometimes makes press moulded pots and hand-built ones from extruded sections. Much of his recent work has either been Raku fired, using various coloured crackle glazes, or burnished pots which have patterns created from smoke through various resist materials which have been applied to the pot.


Most of his work is now made specifically for gallery sales or exhibitions.