Ben Brierley.


Wood-fired ceramics

My ceramic work is mainly wheel thrown and altered using stoneware and porcelain clays. Forms seek to utilise and respond to the malleability of material with work being altered and assembled while still wet.  


In the firing process, there is no wall separating the fire from the work and through the duration of a firing (usually 4 days), ash lands on the work. At high temperatures this ash melts to form a natural ash glaze. Pieces are also marked by the passage of flame and fluctuations in the kiln's atmosphere.


I use my own clay recipes and a small proportion of  work is  glazed using ash glaze and shino. The majority of work relies exclusivly on the interaction between ash, clay and fire.