Mark Sweetland

"I am constantly fascinated by the endless variations possible in shaping a lump of raw clay into an interesting item that is of use, decorative and often beautiful"

My stoneware pots are mostly wheel thrown and functional in design. However I make the occasional foray into hand building and the pyromaniac in me ensuring I occasionally dabble in raku work! Like all potters, I am constantly fascinated by the endless variations possible in shaping a lump of raw clay into an interesting item that is of use, decorative and often beautiful. All work is fired to around 1240 degrees Celcius ensuring the pieces are fully vitrified and the lead free glazes are matured. My aim is to balance clean contemporary lines with the minimum amount of glaze necessary to enable practical use. I prefer bold coloured opaque glazes which both contrast and compliment the textures of the bare clay. I have been been making pots sporadically for over 25 years. In 2017 I set up my own studio in Taunton, which has enabled me to develop a more consistent style and quality of work. I pot part time and have recently opened my Etsy shop. I will be pleased to discuss any orders or commissions

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