Now retired, I have finally had the time to build a website and list work for sale that was not previously available through the shop. Prices are set low to facilitate their sale - to illustrate this, and because it may be of interest, I have included an estimate as to how long it took to make each piece.
All my ceramics are individual pieces. With the exception of a few miniatures pots, all of the items for sale are handmade and not thrown on an electric wheel. Over the years I have developed my own wide range of glazes and
underglazes. These homemade ones, when mixed with ready made ones, have also created further unique effects to the fired work.
My work is made using coils, slabs, extruded forms and pinch pots. Very occasionally now I have done some slip casting using various self-made plaster molds. The majority of the molds are of stained glass designs, mostly from the Art Nouveau and Art deco periods.
I have a broad ranging style which incorporates both small detailed work and larger, often more complex, sculptural pieces.
Experimenting with the incorporation and fusing of glass has always been an important and popular aspect of my work. The glass itself comes from a range of sources. The blues, greens and clear glass are sourced from recycled bottles. Some coloured glass beads are used and for higher fired work some coloured glass tiles have been found to best maintain their colour. Most of the glass is fired to earthenware temperatures - anywhere between
960 - 1000C. Any higher than this and some colours may burn out.
The ceramics with glass pieces are very popular and are sought by collectors from as far afield as the USA and Australia.
My interest in pottery goes back to my childhood. During my teens (and beyond) I dug at various archaeological sites, and my original degree was in archaeology. My interest in old ceramics has continued, particulary pottery from the Medieval period. Occasionally the form and finishes from this period have influenced a work. Some of my own unwanted ceramics I have buried in the ground - our house is on the site of a Medieval leper hospital. I like the very remote possibilty that some other archaeologist will have to try and work out why it is there! (When on a dig, I have often been amused by the thought that someone might have done exactly this when material has been found that is totally contextually inexplicable, or has turned up with older finds in the same seemingly undisturbed layer!)
© 2023 Paul Ramsey