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Potter of the Month (Aug-Sep 18) - Eddie Curtis

1. What general skills & techniques do you use? (e.g. throwing etc)

Generally speaking my current work is hand built but  I rely on my past experience of throwing ( I was a repetition thrower in the daly days) to make composite works that combine handbuliding with throwing.

2. Tell us a bit about your experience and knowledge:

a. Where have you studied and learnt your skills

Foundation:Sunderland Poly 1972-73.

b. How long have you been a potter

Degree Art/Design(ceramics) Bath Academy of Art, Corsham Witshire.1973/76. Repetion thrower (dog bowls) at Seaham Pottery 1976/1977

c. Who has inspired you along your path

My work, over the years has been inspired by many various ‘genres’ of pottery rather than particular makers.

 

3. Explain your work 

a. Processes involved e.g. clays used, firing range etc 

My work, over the years has been inspired by many various ‘genres’ of pottery rather than particular makers. In the early days my focus was on more precise ways of working but now I am much more attracted to very direct approaches and the resultant works that can be associated with less predictable results that might come from wood firing and particularly anagram kilns. Currently my work is hand built  and I build up textures and surfaces with coarse gritty additions.  All of my work is high fired in an oil kiln. Reduction atmosphere to 1300C.

     

b. What has been your proudest piece that you have produced and why

I think the stock answer to this is ‘my next one’ . - A bit of a well hackneyed phrase, but whenever I take a piece from the kiln I always imagine what might happen the next time if I make a little change here or there. Thats why my work changes so much as the years pass. I don’t want to rely on a single idea or solution to take me forward. I’m not the same person I was in 1979 when I first set up the studio and my work should reflect that. To be static and satisfied with one single solution doesn’t allow  the possibility of development, experimentation and discovery. So many artists refer to their practice as ‘a journey’  but I am always aware that it is very important to realise when I am approaching the terminus and the need to get onto another vehicle. 

 

4. What are your future ambitions?

To continue developing and discovering. 

 

Eddie uses ES 40 (Hand building) to create his pieces  

 

 

View Eddie Curtis's gallery

Visit their website: https://www.eddiecurtis.com/