The Japanese potter Soetsu Yanagi described the work of Bernard Leach as "born, not made". I believe the truth of this extends to any maker who puts sincerity and their heart into their work.
This page chronicles the birth of of some of my pieces though videos and images.
Of the many forms I am working with, one of the simplest is the waisted cylinder, the shape of a power station cooling tower. The gentle curves fit the human hand, inviting one of the things I feel very strongly about in my work, the interaction of owner and ceramic piece.
Here I am creating a prototype to explore the possibilities of scale and proportion. The foot ring at the base is trimmed to accept a pool of glaze.
Here, I am attaching handles to the mugs that I trimmed in the previous video. There are many ways to do this; this is harder than the others but is my favourite as it creates a lovely merging of handle and mug at the top. A slug of clay is attached to the mug and the handle is pulled directly off the pot while still wet.