Chris has been making pots since 1974, and for almost all of that time he has fired with wood and used wood ash glazes. The work is fired over five days in a large oriental style kiln which gives time for the surfaces to accumulate large quantities of ash and embers. The large single chamber “anagama” style kiln is based on a design that has been in use all over the Far East for hundreds of years. This method of firing, although unpredictable, can often result in beautiful rich surface colour and texture that gives the work an almost archaeological character.
In fact, archaeology and the artefacts made by vanished or disappearing cultures has an abiding influence on Chris’ work. Regular visits to the ethnographic departments of museums and frequent travel to Africa, Asia and America, where he makes a point of searching out fellow makers, have informed and nourished his own work throughout his career.