Welcome to my studio. On this page I've written a little about the philosophy behind my work. There is also information about my studio, and some of the galleries where my work is often to be found.
When Howard and I bought Bodgers Farm it gave us the opportunity to design my studio from scratch. I wanted to have a spacious, light, and airy space in which to work all year round. In addition I needed to be able to accommodate others who come for tuition or who can hire studio time to do their own making (see Tuition & Studio Hire Page). We certainly achieved those aims but five years in we could do with even more space!
My studio consists of the main building which houses the potters' wheels, pug mill, hand-building tables, drying shelves, clay and glaze ingredient stores, and all the other paraphernalia associated with the potter's art. The second building houses three kilns; a large electric, a gas, and a raku kiln.
Visitors are always welcome at the studio but do please telephone first as I may be in the middle of tuition or making that won't allow me to break off and show you around. One of the facilities I desperately need at the moment is a showroom but don't let that put you off. I have plenty of examples of my work available to view and to purchase.
I offer tuition to beginners and improvers at the studio. There are a series of very popular Wednesday and Thursday evening class sessions each lasting ten weeks which start in January, April and September. See the Tuition and Studio Hire page for details of dates and timings in 2012.
My inspiration is taken from the special kind of beauty of evolved intuitive design and mastery of material and technique through constant repetition. I love ancient pots and much of my work is based upon research into the shape, form, and surface of 10th century Viking pots and the ancient Japanese tea ceremonial vessels.
Throughout the website you will find examples of my work. Most is either in stoneware or porcelain however different materials, and indeed glazes, can be used to client's requirements. I am always happy to discuss and quote for individual commissions. Commissions taken have varied from sculptural pieces for interior design through to special gifts such as presentation platters, wedding accessories, corporate mugs and complete dinner services.
Each piece of work is hand-made and therefore unique. No two items can ever be exactly the same which gives pottery its unique appeal to collectors and users alike.
Each of my pieces carries my mark - a stylised 'AKP' followed by the mark I adopt for each year.
Visitors are always welcome at the pottery studio but do please telephone first to make sure I am available.
Phillips BA (Hons), Ceramics with Glass
Associate Member, Craft Potters Association
Fenland Visual Arts Cooperative
Bodgers Farm, Black Drove, St Johnís Fen End, Norfolk, PE14 8JU
Tel: 01945 430880
International: +44 1945 430 880