After graduating from college with a Degree in Graphic design in 1980 I spent the next ten years working as an illustrator and model maker. By the early nineties I had switched to working with wood, mostly on traditional timber framed buildings and larger structures. Having recently retired I have gone back to designing and making sculptural benches. These are predominantly constructed from local English oak incorporating natural curves and characteristics of the wood itself.
Having trained as a production thrower, my love of using the wheel is always foremost in my work. I am showing a range of slip decorated, high fired earthenware forms which explore my love of the fluidity of traditional coloured slip decoration. The decoration of this soft surface is inspired by nature through photographs, found objects and drawings which combine with the language of thrown pots. I employ the traditional techniques of throwing and slip trailing to make my pieces in batches of the same form. In the case of bowls, this can take up to 5 days to complete before they can be dried and twice fired.
I am currently working on a table setting which I plan to show this year as well as some new experiments in thrown stoneware clays.
I also make a range of garden pots and will be at my wheel during the opening hours of Open Studios which are 11-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays as well as the BH Monday.
Colin Underhay & Sally Bettridge