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Potter of the Month (August/September) - Paul Young Ceramics

 

1. What general skills & techniques do you use ?

 

I make a range of domestic and decorative Earthenware's .

 

All the work is thrown on the wheel or hand built but very often I combine these techniques for the more elaborate piece.

 

 

Tell us about your experience and knowledge.

 

2. Where have you studied and learnt your skills ?

 

I began my studies at Granville College, Sheffield and later joined the Ceramics course at Chesterfield College of Art.

 

3. How long have you been a potter ?

 

I’ve been making pots for 33 years.

 

4. Who has inspired you along the way ?

 

Michael Cardew and Lucie Rie to name but two.  Also, Mike Dodd, John Maltby, Takeshi Yasuda, Pete Smith, Geoff Fuller...the list goes on... all of whom left their mark somewhere along the way.

 

5. What clays do you use in your work ?

 

I use a combination of ES 20 (Earthstone Smooth Texture) and Grogged White Earthenware as a general purpose clay body as well as Grogged Red for the baking dishes and some of the domestic pieces.

 

All work is currently fired in an electric kiln to 1120°c.

 

6. What are you most proud of and what are your future ambitions ?

 

I am delighted to have a piece in The York Museum collection along with some of the greats and would hopefully one day be represented in the V&A.

 

www.paulyoungceramics.co.uk

 

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