Decorating a pot can feel like a risky business – although superficial it can make or break the appeal of the object. During the last eighteen years of decorating pots, I have tried not to be timid or conservative and have taken risks, resulting in an embarrassing number of “seconds”… and many I’m proud of.
They are all one-off individuals from small batches. I can remember specific occasions and people who bought some of the pots pictured below, and I like to imagine that they are still in one piece, serving frequent cuppas, pouring, being held and sipped from and generally bringing pleasure.
My inclination to explore decorative techniques and ideas has resulted in considerable diversity which I would like to show you. Some are boldly tonal:
But I have also enjoyed using colour, its energy and exuberance feels life affirming:
Some are very quiet:
(perhaps this last image is stretching the meaning of decoration).
Some have muted colours and an earthy feel:
There is an intensity or vigour to the earliest decoration:
…which became more pared down and graphic:
Thanks for reading / looking. I hope you have enjoyed my decoration!