Ceramicist and researcher bringing digital technologies central to his craft practice
For 20 years I ran a ceramics business with my wife in Cumbria. Work was designed, hand made and supplied to galleries and stores internationally. During that period I co-authored a book on contemporary ceramics, taught pottery classes for both children and adults and lectured at various Colleges.
Between 2006 and 2008 I undertook an MPhil research project at the Royal College of Art to see how my craft skills could be incorporated with my interest in digital design and manufacturing. One outcome was The Wedgwoodn’t Tureen, an award winning piece, produced on a ZCorp 3D printing machine and then coated in a unique ceramic material that does not require firing. It was the first time that these materials and processes had been used for commercial production.
As a result of this success, I have continued to create new work and am working on a number of related projects, such as the design of ceramic street furniture, combining traditional and new non-fired ceramic materials; a glass project where the creative freedom of 3D software is combined with traditional materials and skills. I am also in the process of developing a research project to explore the 3D printing of ceramic materials.