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John Kershaw

Trained at Manchester College of Art Degree in 3D Design-1971, Specializing in Ceramics.

Previously obtained a B.Sc in Civil Engineering at Manchester University- 1963. Set up Workshop and Showroom in Windermere In 1972.
Member of Northern Potters Association Professional Member of the Craft Potters Association.

Most of my work is wheel thrown. I like the process of creating in action rather then stillness, and the form and detail produced by that  action.

I produce a wide range of work, stoneware and porcelain.

I like to create strong contrasting textures of clay and glaze, often using powdered clays on the wet thrown pot to build up a heavily encrusted surface.

I have a taste and interest for ancient and primitive pottery, partly because often the means of production are direct and very simple, but also because ancient artefacts are disconnected from their time and immediate function which gives them great peacefulness.

I use a copper Barium matt glaze on much of my work, both in porcelain and stoneware, with a variety of coloured glazes for brush decoration. I fire up to 1270C in an electric kiln.

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