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Adrian Bates

Having worked as a graphic designer and craft teacher, my background is diverse! Since 2000 pottery has become my passion and in 2011 I decided to become a full time professional potter.

I am largely self-taught, but have attended pottery classes and short courses with the likes of John Stroomer, Michael Palmer, Richard Godfrey, Joe Finch and others – all have helped me enormously as well as inspiring my techniques and practice.

Each piece seeks to explore the relationship between inner space and outer form; where they meet and merge one into the other. This came from an interest in calligraphy and typography, but includes geometry and plant and animal forms, where inner nature describes outer appearance – each is expressed in, and through, the other. ­­

Although they follow common themes, every piece differs. Each starts from an initial mark on a thrown base, or variation of a pinch-built pot, so that every vessel is slightly different. Sculptural forms, like my 'Mobius' are made from a single clay sheet, carefully worked and refined to give each a sinuous levity. I relish these individual qualities – no two pieces are quite the same; and this process inspires exploration in future making. Each piece is either thrown and hand-built, pinch-built and coiled, or slab built – I love using different methods of making each has its own appeal and strengths

Work is made from black and (separately) white stoneware clays. Each piece is biscuit fired to 950°C, further refined, glazed and high fired to 1260°C. 


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