Tony has been a professional ceramic artist for more than 25 years. He set up his studio in the Staffordshire Moorlands in 1988 after he had studied ceramics and worked in the ceramic industry in Stoke on Trent. Part of that time he was a designer for Coalport China (then part of the Wedgwood Group).
This background gave him a broad appreciation of ceramics and techniques. HIs main interests are in the art-ware produced by Royal Doulton in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and French potters such as Clement Massier. He also has influences from outside the ceramic world. Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian, Nicholson, Brancusi, Rodchenko and the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright are just some.
His work draws on these various sources and cultures, and he is always evolving his own original vision. which is a juxtaposition of controlled, linear designs with areas of loose, painterly decoration. He uses the surface of the pot as a painter uses a canvas.
To stand in front of a painting and admire it is one thing. But, Tony feels strongly, that to be able to hold a piece of art in your hands, feel the surface and the weight of it adds another dimension to the experience. It provides a connection with the artist whose hands will have created and also held that piece
There is a combination of human judgement and technique that he continues to find exciting and rewarding. Having always been willing to take risks with my work, it is this quality that, in our opinion, distinguishes the artist from the craftsman.
In 2014, Tony was made a Fellow Member of the Craft Potter’s Association and in 2015, I was selected to be a member of Contemporary Applied Arts.