I started making pots in 1987 with Toshiko Takaezu while at Princeton University. At the same time I also started studying Japanese which came flooding back from four years in Tokyo as a child, and within a few months I knew that I wanted to go to Japan to become a potter. So, after graduating from Princeton Magna cum Laude in East Asian Studies in 1990, I went to Japan and found an apprenticeship with Takao Okazaki in Yamagata. I lived and worked with the Okazakis for 2 years and was introduced to many Japanese ceramic techiques and styles. It was here that I honed the skills to express my Japanese sensitivity with clay. It was also in Yamagata where I first came across firing with wood which has remained a passion ever since.


Trebyan Forge, near Lanhydrock House in Cornwall, has been my fantastic workshop since early 2000, and over the last decade my work has expanded in many directions. At the same time as making increasingly monumental bowls and jars, I have been working on the finest possible pieces in porcelain - power and delicacy. I have spent many hours and firings testing and researching a plethera of glazes, which has allowed me to develop an unusually wide palette for my pots. And for the past seven years I have been collaborating with Paul Jackson, firing the wood-fired salt-glazed kiln we built together.


I have a great love of music and play the viola in various orchestras and chamber groups in Cornwall. I also teach Japanese at Penrice Community College in St. Austell and make a mean sourdough. I am married to lovely Susannah, have 4 children and live in Lostwithiel.

Thanks to John Crozier for all the above making photos  
 

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