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Steward trained in Cornwall and then in Cardiff before being invited to
join Wobage in 1995. Since then he has made wheel-thrown, wood-fired
salt & soda-glazed stoneware.
Inspired by the history of European pot-making traditions as well as the soft fluidity of the materials themselves, pots are decorated in various ways; often embellished with stamps, wooden roulettes or finger-wipes through wet slip, providing movement and accentuation to form.
“My involvement with wood-firing and salt & soda-vapour glazing, forms an intimate and dynamic aspect to my making. Subjected to the vagaries of kiln atmosphere and flame movement, the pots celebrate a meeting between the conscious and unconscious. Control and intention exercised in the studio, is tempered by the inevitability of a certain unpredictability in the kiln-fire.”
“Jeremy is a potter content to take his time to develop skills and experience but adamant that these will arrive due to ways of working suited to him. These include: making clay bodies, slips and glazes of his own composition; throwing on a momentum wheel, raw firing with wood & salt/soda.
The work emerging from these conditions is therefore undergoing a constant honing for form, colour and function. What I most admire is the ‘bone and muscle’ of the throwing. But equally I like the fact that there is a quite distinct ‘track of events’ evident in his work. I have called it the fourth dimension - time. I can see and feel the time and rhythm of these pots from clay, through forming and firing, to the finished work ready for use in domestic surroundings.” Mick Casson.
Jeremy is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain and exhibits widely in the UK and Europe.