I have always had a fascination for teapots. The elements that combine to make a teapot: the thrown shape, the stable foot, the comfortable handle, easy flowing spout and a lid that will not fall out when tipped and with a knob that can be gripped well, is the ultimate pot that a ceramic artist can create. So much must be considered in the creation of one form that it can become a real challenge. After forty-six years of potting, I feel that I am just now beginning to understand what a good functional teapot can be. To decorate takes me further on this journey.
Born Bristol England. Initial training, Caulfield Institute of Technology, 1972. Established Beachside Pottery in Aspendale, 1985. Collections include: National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of Queensland; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; Victorian State Craft Collection; Ceramics Victoria Collection; Latrobe Valley Regional Art Gallery, Victoria; Devonport Regional Gallery and Art Centre, Tasmania; Castlemaine Regional Art Gallery, Victoria; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania. Awards include: Australia Day Award for Ceramics, 1974; Caulfield City Council Award, 1978; Beaumaris Ceramic Award, 1978; Ceramics Victoria Acquisitive Award, 1981; Caltex Award for Ceramics, 1982; Cookson Matthey Award for Ceramic Decoration, 1995; Ceramics Victoria Acquisitive Award, 1995; Bushells 2000 Classic Teapot Award, 2000; People’s Choice Award, Melbourne Teapot Exhibition, 2013. Teaching positions: Lecturer in ceramics, tertiary level, over 30 years. Publications: Ceramics Manual, Graham Flight; The Potter’s Dictionary of Shape and Form, Neal French; Ceramic Form, Peter Lane; Teapot Book, Steve Woodhead.