Phil Arthur - Phil Arthur Pottery
I trained in vocational ceramics at Farnham School of Art and Design from 1970 to 1974.
Having worked as a production wheel thrower, making functional domestic ware, I have become increasingly inspired by the freedom and limitless scope of hand building techniques which I use when teaching.
I have developed a line of bird form pots using altered thrown shapes as the basis for construction. As a potter rather than a sculptor I have retained the essential essence of a pot, a vessel, whilst being prepared to ditch all other constraints.
My pots are inspired by, and follow the tradition of, 17th century English slipware owl jugs, but have been taken a step further, influenced by Pre-Columbian vessels and the pots of Picasso.
Each lidded jug is assembled from 5 individual wheel-thrown and altered pieces, slip painted and decorated with scraffito designs.