In England, where Richard Batterham was born in 1936, he is considered the leading living maker of domestic stoneware. It’s a reputation that has been made by a life spent diligently working with discipline and talent to perfect his functional forms and lovely muted glazes.
Interested in craft and design from a young age, Richard studied at the Bryanston School. He was taught pottery by Donald Potter who had worked with Eric Gill and Michael Cardew. After his National Service, he apprenticed with Bernard Leach at St. Ives for two years. He married Dinah Dunn in 1959, and they set up housekeeping in Durweston, Dorset.
Thomas TC Staton's photos on Instagram capture the sheer beauty of crystalline glazes. Starbursts of indigo, violet and pink are perfectly frozen in time. His glazes, developed by Matt Katz of Ceramic Materials Workshop are created with the help of a handful of Bailey Equipment items. We caught up with TC to find out more about his ceramic process after he tagged his work #MadewithaBailey.
My love of clay started on the wheel, but since my time in the studio is so often piecemeal, I have found myself hand building more and more. These heart dishes started as a playful attempt at using up some random clay scraps, and have evolved over time as I have refined the form. They are relatively quick and uncomplicated, and a fitting Valentine’s Day project.
American pottery legend, Warren MacKenzie, left this world on December 31, 2018, at the age of 94. His life was a rich tapestry of experiences from which he created an enormous body of work as a potter. He also taught students for two generations. It could be said that Warren MacKenzie was one of Bernard Leach's most successful and influential students. After reading Leach’s “A Potters Book” in 1947, Warren and his wife Alix set sail from the US to visit Leach in Saint Ives, England. Both Warren and Alix had been studying ceramics at the Chicago Art Institute but felt something was missing in their education.
In late November of 2018, I had the opportunity to travel out to Omaha to tour the Kaneko Center and meet the iconic Jun Kaneko. His story is made up of equal parts of unstoppable determination, vision, boundless imagination and serendipity. Born in 1942 in Nagoya, Japan during WWII, his artistic talents started to emerge through impressive drawings that he fashioned in his free time while in high school. Jun resisted the strict structure of traditional Japanese education. His mother (a dentist by day, and a painter by night) recognized his self-driven passion to be creative and arranged to have him study painting with Satoshi Ogawa. Read More