Phil Jolley


Surface quality and pattern with hidden detail have always been of interest to me. My early work used maps and aerial photography as the starting point, using coloured clay, oxides and engobes to build layers and blocks of pattern. Glaze was used sparingly to highlight selected areas and interiors.

My recent pieces have evolved from the use of layers and colour and I am still very much interested in hidden detail and surface quality. I like the suggestion of what might have once been and archaeological finds and remains, with their contrast in materials and surfaces, have led to the development of my current work. Found objects, stonework, textiles and wood carving are also used as reference and decoration. These qualities are also referenced in landscape panels. The use of glaze has become more important and their action upon the various clays, stains, oxides and slips are crucial to the final result.

My pieces are meant to be touched, their tactile quality and surface contrasts are an integral part of the final intention.

I am a Professional member of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain and a member of the Oxford Craft Guild.



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