26 Staithe Street
Norfolk. NR23 1AF
Phil trained at Farnham School of Art and Epsom College of Art and Design in the years 1970 to 1974 studying vocational ceramics.
Having been a production wheel thrower, making functional domestic ware, he become increasingly interested in the freedom and scope of the handbuilding techniques.
He has developed a line of bird and animal form pots using thrown shapes as the basis for altering and constructing. As a potter rather than a sculptor Phil tries to retain the essential essence of a pot, a vessel, whilst being prepared to ditch all other constraints.
His characterful bird pots are inspired by, and follow in the tradition of 17th century English slipware owl jugs but have been taken a step further, allowing influence of Pre-Colombian vessels and the pots of Piccasso.
Each lidded jug is assembled from individual wheel-thrown and altered pieces. They are made in terracotta clay, slip painted and decorated with scraffitto.