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Brian Holland

I make vessels and sculpture in stoneware clays some are reduction fired (wood and gas), and others oxidised (electric), thus giving my work a wide range of surfaces. My work is a tactile response to clay, evoking my physical response to the world around me (landscape, the sea, city imagery, architecture, figures -body language and movement).

Some pieces are coiled, others are formed, with the minimal amount of intervention, from re-claimed clay waiting on plaster slabs, others are bashed and gouged , scooped, and pinched from blocks of soft clay. Some have layers of glaze poured over them, others are left to the effects of wood ash landing and fusing with their surface. All share expression via tactile means and spatial composition.

Many of my larger pieces are ideally suited to outdoor locations to be seen from all angles. My smaller pieces seek to be handled and enjoyed by touch. All are three-dimensional compositions, and avoid symmetry.

I am a member of both the Northern and Midland potter's associations, a founder member and chair of The Sherwood Forest Wood Firing Society, and Regional Co-ordinator for the Northern Potters Association. I am also a director of The Sheffield Ceramics Festival.

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