Ben Brierley

Wood-fired ceramics

My ceramic work is mainly Hand built, 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.


The majority of work relies exclusively on the interaction between ash, clay and fire however some recent sculptural pieces explore the potentials of earthenware and gas firings to bring out the potential of the characters and materials.

©  Benedict Brierley 2000 -2019