Made from a round sphere, pinch pots are made in a series of between 5 and 8 at a time. These bowls are made slowly and methodically, creating unified objects whose inside and outside are equally considered, aiming for thin walls and a small point of balance. They are designed with references to ancient neolithic pottery and forms that hint to a close connection with our ancestors.

Borth bowl with seaweed
Borth bowl with seaweed

Pinch pots are biscuit fired to 980C and finished using low impact methods.

I use willow, driftwood, seaweed and other combustible materials destined for the compost bin and fire these pieces in dustbins, brick chambers and oil drums. Sometimes enclosed in a sealed heat resistant container called “saggar” in which combustible material is added: mostly seaweed, driftwood and some straw or wood shavings. This method of firing is unpredictable and the results are unique.


I often sense I am stepping into the footsteps of our ancestors, maybe walking in the same tracks, tracing the same curve in particular stone, especially at Borth beach with its petrified forest and clay fingers reaching for the sea. Simultaneously, my interest in Neolithic pottery and various visits to museums have revealed unifying archetypal vessels perfected over time. What these have in common is their timeless aesthetic appeal. Shapes formed to fulfil certain functions with proportions well considered. Borth bowls become small tokens of remembrance and gratitude.


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