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JONATHAN GARRATT

WOOD FIRED SLIPWARE AND GARDEN TERRACOTTA

Making  pots at fourteen, under the tutelage of Gordon Baldwin, I recognised that there was a life to be had making things. Drawing on Chinese Neolithic cooking pots, tools, weapons, west African textiles and architecture generally, my practice comprises thrown tableware, tiles, decorative work, garden pots and sculptural installations for green spaces.
Using a local Dorset clay and firing the pots with wood is a good start towards producing art with a proper cultural content I feel, generated by a “terroir”. 
Much of the work references historic ideas about design, tribal art and European Country pottery. Working this way is demanding, interesting and fun.