Howard Gardiner

Recently retired from full time lecturing in the Arts. In the past two years i have been setting up a ceramics studio in Otley at Newhall Mews working in oxidised stoneware.

My work is based on a combination of thrown and hand-built processes. I produce one off pieces that are influenced by a variety of historical connections from Greek to Roman periods and references to twentieth century ceramics that have influenced my work.

I am also interested in working the surface with slips and oxides, building up layers of texture to enhance the forms, all glazes are mixed from my own recipes. I like to produce groups of pots, whilst one offs still work together and play off each other. My work continually explores variations of different forms and experiments with new glazes and surface effect.

All pots are made from a sculptural clay body with a high content of “T” material  combined with grog and sand. Turning final shapes and refining the forms plays a large part in my final pieces.