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Charlie Collier Pottery

Moreton in Marsh, England | 89 Sales

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Charlie Collier Pottery

Moreton in Marsh, England 89 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars (21)

Announcement   All the pots are made by myself, here in Great Wolford, on the edge of the Cotswolds.

I make domestic stoneware pots. Pots for use in the home. I will continue to offer a selection of my own work for sale here on Etsy. Any questions, please get in touch. charlie.collier [!at] hotmail.co.uk. Thank you.

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Last updated on 11 Sep, 2018

All the pots are made by myself, here in Great Wolford, on the edge of the Cotswolds.

I make domestic stoneware pots. Pots for use in the home. I will continue to offer a selection of my own work for sale here on Etsy. Any questions, please get in touch. charlie.collier [!at] hotmail.co.uk. Thank you.

Charlie Collier

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Pottery - The continuation of a beloved tradition

It was during my time at college that my love for pottery blossomed. I was fascinated by the art of throwing on the potters wheel. I also grew a keen interest in the philosophies behind pottery, and spent much of my spare time studying a wide variety of pots and their makers. I was also becoming increasingly inspired by contemporary makers in the UK (and all over the world!). The continuation of such a rich tradition is what really captivated me, and it still does to this day.

After my time at college, I had a lucky break and became an apprentice at Whichford Pottery in the Cotswolds, UK. My apprenticeship at Whichford Pottery has been very influential to me. The skills I’ve learnt are extremely valuable, and allow me to make my own designs fluently. Along side my job at Whichford, I've been able to set up a studio at home. I converted an old electric kiln to run on gas, and now make reduction-fired stoneware pots - some of which feature on my Etsy page. My Etsy also features pots from the Oxford Anagama Kiln. Jim Keeling - founder of Whichford Pottery - teamed up with Oxford University and Japanese potters from Bizen to build two anagama wood-fired kilns in Wytham Woods, Oxford. These long firings (6 days or more) give the pots very interesting, natural surfaces and finishes that aren't found any other way.

I’m keen to continue and to promote the tradition of handmade pottery. It’s vitally important to look to the past to help inform the present. Be it techniques of making, forms, decoration, glazes or kiln design - we must learn from the past masters and aim to evolve. Making pots from the ground up, literally, is the best way to learn.

I love the philosophy of the best pots being ‘born and not made’. You can’t contrive a beautiful pot. You can only make and observe, and when you see it, stop. For me, pottery is about form. Michael Cardew called it ‘the majesty of form’. Once a pot is taken off the wheel, it can’t improve. A great form will remain no matter what decoration, finish or firing it’s exposed to. Pottery is also about choice. Choices made during the making and firing process define our character. Pots therefore, have this ability to communicate the maker’s character and vitality to the user. Every dish I eat off and mug I drink from, reminds me of it’s maker and offer me a personal connection.

I make pots for use. Functional pots for use in the kitchen and home. There needn’t be a distinction made between ‘art’ and function, it really doesn’t matter. Simply put, it’s a case of using beautiful things that enrich your daily life. Great pots, beautiful pots, can enhance a good meal for example. How you display and serve that meal makes a huge difference - pots are, and have always been, integral to this.

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    Domestic Stoneware Pots. Great Wolford, Warwickshire.

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