Kershaw, John


Most of my work is thrown on the wheel. I like the process of creating in action rather than stillness, and the form and detail produced by that action. I create strong contrasting textures of clay and glaze, often using powdered clays on the wet thrown body to build up a heavily encrusted surface. I have a taste for ancient and primitive pottery, partly because the means of production were direct and simple, partly because ancient artefacts are disconnected from their time and immediate function, which gives them great peacefulness. My work is mainly stoneware, bisque fired in an electric kiln to 900°C and then glazed to 1270°C.

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