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Jeremy Nichols

I make saltglazed domestic pots, specialising in teapots together with jugs, mugs and other associated wares. These have been steadily evolving since 2001 when I started experimenting with open handles as an alternative to the closed loop style of handle conventionally used in ceramics. The handle continues to be the starting point for my designs which are otherwise influenced by my early interests in aviation and the precision of engineered objects (I have a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the 1970s) together with interests in contemporary architecture and Modernist design.

My aim is to make pots that are both fully functional and visually interesting and that have a sense of movement and balance in the way they look and handle. Ergonomics and clarity of form are equally important to me: for a design to be successful, the pot must be satisfying and pleasurable to use, whilst at the same time having the power to hold the viewer’s attention and interest.

The bodies and lids are thrown and the handles and spouts are slipcast, and each pot is then assembled from these components. After biscuit firing selected areas are sprayed with differing thicknesses of glaze and with mixes of blue and black stains in order to achieve a surface of varying colour and texture from the final salt firing.

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