Current exhibitions

Jerwood Makers
Award tour 2015
Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales
28 November 2015 – 31 January 2016
More information

Brief extracts from my PhD research with Manchester Metropolitan University, York Museums Trust and the British Ceramics Biennial can be seen below.

Isaac Button was an English Country Potter who died in 1969. He was a production craftsman and a one-man factory. He was the only remaining potter left to operate the Yorkshire-based Soil Hill Pottery following the first world war. There, he gained a notoriety for his speed of production, known for throwing a ton of clay, equating to 1,200 pots, in a day.

He mined, processed, fabricated, and sold his wares, which were largely for cooking, brewing, storing grain and feeding chickens – they were intended for utility. I’m interested in the constraints he was working with, Button bridged a gap between design and production and here his processes and products were subject to continual evolution and refinement driven by speed and dexterity.


His resulting work was full of subtle deviations and finger marks from brisk handling. These produce an unassuming and transparent quality, not least because they manifest within highly functional and seemingly anonymous objects.