once fired, slip decorated and painted earthenware is one of
the traditional techniques of the peasant potters of Europe.
Working with this technique lends itself to
a free approach to decoration as all stages are carried out on
the wet, damp, or drying raw clay. The layers of body clay, slip,
pigment and glaze will interact during application, as well as
during the firing:enhanced by the unpredictable effects of the
wood fired kiln.
Mark always try to work from first principles
and so prepares his own clay and grinds his own pigments. Materials
which have not been de-natured by industrial processing have
a unique beauty, and impart their character to the work. This
enables him to use those inherent qualities to advantage.
The making cycle begins with clay and wood preparation,
which allows for some useful meditation on creative direction.
As soon as the making has begun Mark is committed to following
the pots through all the stages of production until they are
glazed and ready for firing.