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John Mathieson

I started making pots at evening classes in London, and one year later began teaching ceramics and art at secondary level and to adult classes in Northampton; subsequently I was given secondment to take a degree in ceramics (Leicester University 1983). I have since taught in a college, in adult learning, and in a prison; I now pot full-time.

Most work is made on a slow wheel, either a Leach kick, or a direct drive Shimpo (which is so quiet I can hear the clay between my fingers). I have worked extensively in slipware and raku - I am the author of Raku (A&C Black, 2002) and Techniques Using Slips (A&C Black, 2010). Current work - individual pieces and some domestic ware - includes slipware, and reduced stoneware and porcelain, all fired in a gas kiln.

I am a Professional Member of the Craft Potters Association, and a member of the Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen. I exhibit widely, and take part in several ceramics festivals, and I teach at Art in Action.

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