Chris Barnes makes his Stoneware and Raku pots at The Knott in the Eden Valley in Cumbria. Chris has been working with clay for more than 25 years. He makes thrown stoneware pots which are fired with gas, using his kiln to bring out a wide range of colours from his glazes. The ware is mostly for table use and invites touch and handling. Being stoneware it is durable as well as being beautiful.
I make two sorts of pots – stoneware and raku pieces. They reflect a love of clay as a material and it’s magical transformation in firing.
Clay is a fundamental material and has been used to make all manner of objects from the earliest civilisations to the present time. Through firing it has the potential to make the moment permanent. I try to make pots that are both timeless and personal.