Hagstone Pottery is hand-thrown or slab-built, fired and glazed in my small studio in rural Northamptonshire.
My approach to pottery is practical as well as aesthetic. Stoneware and porcelain clays are fired at high temperatures to create pieces which are (hopefully) beautiful and tactile, but also very practical and usable as everyday objects.
Influences include Bernard Leach for his English take on the simplicity and functionality of the Japanese aesthetic, as well as giants of mid-20th century studio pottery such as Hans Coper and Lucie Rie for their strong shapes, and the Troika studio for surface decoration and texture.
I have spent time at the Leach pottery in Cornwall, taking inspiration from the potters who work there and developing my throwing skills.
I am particularly interested in learning how to make new glazes and in developing my approach to surface textures.