biografia

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Sono cresciuto in Inghilterra e dopo la laurea in scienze biologiche ho scelto di vivere sulle colline di Noceto, Parma (Italia).

Il bisogno di esprimere creatività e manualità mi ha  portato a frequentare stage con il maestro ceramista Andrea Sola, vari workshop ad Aberystwyth (Galles) ed in Toscana condotti con maestri di fama internazionale, Joe Finch, Ruthanna Tudball, Sebastian Blackey, Paul Stubbs, (England), Takeshi Yasuda(Giappone), Ian Curie (Australia), Giovanni Cimatti (Italia).

Le ceramiche  sono lavorate al tornio e produco oggetti di uso quotidiano come teiere, tazze, piatti, ciotole, pezzi per erboristerie come tisaniere e diffusori per aromaterapia, oppure affascinanti pezzi unici come oggetti d’arredo.

La mia ricerca predilige il gres cotto al forno a legna ad alta temperatura 1300° ed utilizzo legno di recupero e smalti minerali non tossici (sempre di mia produzione). Gli smalti sono minerali e ceneri di diversi tipi di legno e adatti all’uso alimentare.

Lascio agli elementi naturali, in particolare alle terre d’argilla, alla cenere del legno e al fuoco il magico processo di trasformazione.    La scelta di vivere e lavorare a Gabbiano è in coerenza con il mio stile artistico e riflette la passione per l’essenzialità e per l’ordine casuale della natura.

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I was born in England and studied biology at London University. In 1984 I cycled through Europe over the Swiss Alps into Italy where I settled at Gabbiano (Noceto) in the foot hills of the Apennines in the province of Parma.

The need to express myself creatively lead to participation in various ceramics courses and workshops in the Maremma (Tuscany), Turin and Venice with the master potter Andrea Sola. Over the following years I improved my skill and knowledge of this chosen craft by participating in workshops in Tuscany with potters of international fame. Ruthanna Tudball, Sebastian Blackey, (England), Takeshi Yasuda(Giappone), Ian Currie(Australia) Giovanni Cimatti(Italy). Regularly attending the “International Potters  Festival” in Aberystwyth (Wales) I has picked up many skills by attending demonstrations, lectures and “hands on” workshops by leading potters over the years. In the 1997 edition I helped with the building of a wood fire kiln designed by Paul Stubbs for Micki Schloessingk. This led to the building in 1999 of my own wood fired kiln based on a Fred Olsen design modified by Joe Finch.

My wheel thrown pots are mainly daily use objects, teapots, cups, plates, bowls, herb infusers and aromatherapy lamps, but also large one off pieces. My choice to wood fire came partly from his ten year experience of organic farming and the management of woodland, but mainly for the love of the unique warm toasted surface of unglazed wood fired stoneware.

My choice to live and work at Gabbiano where my grandparents and mother lived is for the tranquillity of the place the unspoiled country side and the stunning view of the Po valley and the Alps on clear days. This is an ideal place to pot and draw inspiration from all around.

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Born in England “All saints” hospital Chatham (Kent) 7th November 1960.

Graduated in 1982 with a BSc degree in environmental biology with zoology from London University Queen Mary College.

LEARNING AND INSPIRATION IN POTTERY

-60s and 70s: With my parents Sunday afternoons we went to Aylesford friary (a monastery in Aylesford-kent). I was intrigued watching Portuguese potters throwing and used to sneak round the back of the kiln to see the roaring oil burners. Unknown to me then of course, I recently found out that David Leach and son John with Colin Pearson set up the pottery.

-1983-84: evening classes at Rochester upon Medway art collage (Kent).

-1985-86: evening classes with painter/ceramist Angela Canforini, of Parma (Italy).

-1987-88 (Christmas/new year): “full immersion” “Raku” course with master ceramist Andrea Sola at studio “Pandora” in Sorano (GR) (Italy)

-1988 (March-September): “full immersion” teachers course in the three “Pandora” studios (Sorano-Turin-Venice) leading up to the temporary post of assistant to Andrea Sola in the production and teaching at the Sorano “Pandora” studio.

-1997 (July):”international potters festival” (Aberystwyth, Wales) /assistant to Paul Stubbs and Micki Schloessingk for the construction and firing of a wood fired soda glazed kiln with internal hybrid “Bourry box”.

-1996-97-98:Evening class teacher “pottery for beginners” “throwing for beginners”, at the open art studio “bottega del creare” (Parma) (Italy).

-1999 (may): participant of the stage held by master potters Sebastian Blackie and Ruthanne Tudball at the pottery studio/school of Pietro Elia Maddalena “La Meridiana” at Certaldo (Florence) (Italy).

-1999 (July): “International potters festival” (Aberystwyth, Wales). Met Brian Guest “Stow potters wheels” and arranged for possible manufacture and marketing of “inertia wheel”

-2000 (may): participant of the stage held by master potters Takeshi Yasuda and Giovanni Cimatti at the pottery studio/school of Pietro Elia Maddalena “La Meridiana” at Certaldo (Florence) (Italy).

-2000 (September): international potters festival/seminar “Fired up North” – Preston university (England)

-2001 (July): “International ceramics festival” (Aberystwyth, Wales).

-2001 July) visit to La Borne (France) during return trip to Italy with Brian Guest. Greatly inspired by the massive wood fired kilns and the beautiful ceramics from this historical potters village. This village is now living and thriving with an incredible amount of energy with a mixed community of potters from all over the world mostly using wood fire kilns.

-2001 (July- august): – residence in Sardinia (Onifai-NU) to set up a small potters studio, with the building of a small mono-block downdraft gas fired kiln. Also built a simple continental kick wheel.

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS AND COURSES

-1989: September Nocetano (artists exhibition/market) (Italy)

-1990: San Giacomo fair (Medesano) (Italy), Raku firing/demonstration and exhibition.

-1996: Raku firing/demonstration at the cultural association“Effetto farfalla” at Medesano (Italy).

-1997: Raku course at my studio in Costamezzana for the cultural association“Effetto farfalla” Medesano (Italy)

-1997 winter): throwing course on the potters wheel at the artistic/cultural association “La bottega del creare” Parma. (Italy)

-1998-99: Throwing demonstration on the potters wheel at a primary school in Noceto (Italy)

-1998 (July) throwing demonstration on the potters wheel at the fair of “San Giacomo” Medesano (Italy)

-1998 (August-September) group exhibition of Parma artist/potters “movimento terra” at the castle of San Secondo (Pr)(Italy)

-1998 (august) raku firing and exhibition organised by the art gallery “Alpha Centauro” at Ragazzola (Pr)(Italy)

-1998 -1997 winter): throwing course on the potters wheel at the artistic/cultural association “La bottega del creare” Parma.(Italy)

-1999 (spring) intense 3 day raku course with the making of tea pots and tea bowls used on the final day by an Italian Zen Buddhist missionary, at the spa town of S.Andrea bagni (Pr) (Italy).

-1999 (July): intense weekend  “full immersion” Raku course including the building of a primitive wood fired kiln using only natural materials at my studio in Costamezzana (Italy).

-1999 (November): Raku firing and exhibition at the castle in Noceto (Italy).

-2000 (February-May): organization and teaching of adult evening classes in various techniques of pottery at the state school of Noceto sponsored by “centro territoriale d’educazione permanente” scuola media statale “Michele Vitale” San Secondo Parmense.

-2000 (June) group exhibition of Parma artist/potters “movimento terra” at the castle of San Secondo (Pr)(Italy)

-2000 September-May 2001): organization and teaching of adult evening classes in various techniques of pottery at the state schools of Noceto, Fontanellato and San Secondo sponsored by “centro territoriale d’educazione permanente” scuola media statale “Michele Vitale” San Secondo Parmense.

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-2000 (September- June 2001): external auxiliary pottery teacher at the comprehensive junior school “Michele Vitale” San Secondo Parmense, leading up to the building and firing of a primitive wood- fire kiln.

-2001 (September-May 2002): organization and teaching of adult evening classes in various techniques of pottery at the state schools of Noceto, Fontanellato and San Secondo sponsored by “centro territoriale d’educazione permanente” scuola media statale “Michele Vitale” San Secondo Parmense.

-2001 (September- June 2002): external auxiliary pottery teacher at the comprehensive junior school “Michele Vitale” San Secondo Parmense.

-2001 (October): technical consultant for the construction of a large bassorilievo in raku for a war memorial at the art college “Bruno Cabinari” (Pc).

-2001/2002 (Christmas new-year): pottery course at Onifai (NU) Sardinia for the assosiation“Perchè no?” ( ex “QuiPuoi”) di Parma.

Continues……….

3-18 luglio 2010. ALBISSOLA (SV) 7° Rassegna Nazionale ed Internazionale per artisti ceramisti contemporanei. Segnalazione della Giuria per opera intitolato “Porcelain Divide”

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  1. Salve ci siamo conosciuti a Collecchio due sere fa , ho curiosato sul tuo sito e ti rinnovo i complimenti che già ti feci alla festa sono opere bellissime e piene di vita e per me ” operatore Shiatsu , e Maestro di Aikido” create da gesti del corpo ” mani e cuore” in modo particolare.
    Complimenti ancora terrò visionato il sito per vedere quando cominceranno i tuoi corsi , grazie Alessandro .

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