Jim's interest in study of the extraordinary world of Anagama firing was awakened when he visited Bizen, Japan in 2005. There he discovered another ancient tradition of unglazed pots: but using a clay that can be fired so hot that its surfaces are radically changed and marked by the fire (English clay flowerpots would just melt at these temperatures).
Since then he has designed, built and commissioned three anagama kilns, the two largest as part of a University of Oxford research project at Wytham Woods in Oxford.
Firing these climbing kilns lasts up to eleven days and involves continuous stoking with wood - a huge communal task, but one that rewards effort with unique and varied effects and an array of subtle colours. No glazes are used, the shine coming from melted flyash.
Jim's sculptures further emphasise the raw power of this elemental process of transformation by using specially selected unrefined clays, still full of their original, quirky character.
Tea Bowl I - Handmade and fired in 2016.
Each Anagama piece will come with its own provenance handwritten and signed by Jim.
|Tea Bowl I||19.00cm - --"||12.00cm - --"||
Meet the Maker
Jim founded Whichford Pottery in 1976 and enjoys running and being part of a team.
He is notorious for taking on as many challenges as he can and has a passion for rediscovering old skills and keeping alive a communal way of working.