My work is driven by an obsession with clay and its versatility. I make ceramic forms and vessels which are hand-built and Raku fired. I became addicted to Raku because of the direct involvement with each stage of the process. The pots absorb and often reflect the intense drama of the firing. Influences are diverse and come from a fusion of visual elements seen in the natural and built environments. The effects of weathering and decay provide a constant source of reference.
Small groups of related forms are hand-built simultaneously, the slow and contemplative pace of coiling allowing for considered developments and refinements to be made. Glazing and firing methods are adapted to enhance the form and surface of each piece.
Stephen has exhibited his work at Gavagan Art for a number of years. Other exhibitions of his work in the North of England include Ceramic Art York, Lancaster University and Gawthorpe Hall Padiham, Lancashire.