Q&A Ceramicist John Slade

What is your practice? materials? processes?

I work with clay and am particularly interested in the qualities
achievable by using simple processes such as burnishing and smoke
firing and Raku. My raku glazes incorporate slate dust which gives it a
greenish colour from the iron content. The slate dust is a waste
product from the slate workings in Llanberis near to where I have a

What 5 words best describe your work?

Simple, subtle, quiet, sensuous, warm




Do you have any design heroes?

My design heroes are: the Minoans, ancient Chinese and Korean Potters, Magdalene Odundo, Hans Coper, Eddie Curtis and artists such as Arp and Brancusi to name just a few.

Where is your studio? Pictures?

I have a [very] small studio at home that I built myself and which I am rapidly outgrowing!


Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Tidy up and move things around so I can work!

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?

I have recently started on a body of work based on pinch pots. I am
trying to use only my hands and a few very simple tools that I have
made myself such as ribs and paddles.I form the rough shape by pinching
and then stretch out the form from the inside which encourages a rough
surface and undulating rim.

What are you selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new?

I will be selling smoke and Raku fired work, some with 23ct gold on
the inside. I am also working on some pinched tree decorations that I’m
hoping will be ready in time for the show.

Tell us something we don’t know

I have a Bengal cat who likes top keep me company when I am working. Unfortunately he has become my harshest critic and has smashed more of my pots than I have!




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