'when I first threw a pot 21years ago at a local potter's classes I was hooked, I
knew that this was what I wanted to do. I worked for two different potters
before I was awarded a place at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee
where I gained a BDes (Hons) in Ceramics. I then went to Grays School of Art,
Aberdeen where I studied for, and was awarded an MA in Art and Design.
During my Honours year at Dundee I started to specialise in Reduction (In
Glaze) Lustre taking the movement and reflective colour found in water as my
inspiration. This theme continued during my time at Grays and now forms the
foundation of most of the work that I do.
Reduction (In Glaze) Lustre is a technically challenging and complicated
process, where the lustre salts that are present in the glaze are changed on the
surface during a period of reduction (this is when the kiln is starved of oxygen)
creating many different colours depending on the composition of the glaze.
Each firing produces unique pieces and even when the pots are fired in the
same firing with the same glazes on them they are different.
Watergaw is Ancient Scot for a partial of incomplete rainbow. When you are
creating In Glaze Reduction Lustre it is said that you are chasing the rainbow.