Award winning studio potter Daniel Boyle has lived and worked in west Wales for over a decade since graduating in Studio Ceramics from Harrow College of Art in London. His work mixes both traditional and modern styles of making to create a range of wheel-based, salt-glazed pieces that have been collected and exhibited around the world.
Most work is thrown, some pots are then altered or impressed with patterns. All work is made with function in mind, things to be used and enjoyed.
The production cycle is about 4 weeks making and 2 weeks of glazing and firing to produce one kiln load of finished pots.
Using slips of different vitrifying temperatures, and with the use of a spray gun I layer them on top of each other. Putting the most vitreous on the top and firing to make this top layer break and move leaving the undercoat stable to create a base colour, exaggerating the salt-glaze effect.
I fire a 75 cubic foot sprung arched kiln on wood and oil to 1300 degrees centigrade. The firing time is around 14 hours with the addition of salt in the final 2 hours. Aiming to create an atmosphere within the kiln that when the salt vapour is introduced quite fantastic fluid qualities and colours are produced.
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