I live and work in south west Scotland with my potter wife,
Hannah McAndrew. The workshop is situated deep in the Galloway countryside
and the surrounding natural environment fills me with inspiration
I work in red earthenware clay, the pots simply decorated, with
appliqué decoration or sgrafitto, using a basic palette of
traditional slips, made from natural raw materials.
My pots are thrown on the wheel and then fired either in a electric
kiln or in a kiln fuelled with wood.
The forms, predominantly large jugs, draw influence from the work
of the medieval potters of England and the subsequent tradition
of slip decorated country pottery, that was prevalent in this country
until the early twentieth century. The skills presented by the master
craftspeople of the past set an extraordinary high standard to which
the contemporary maker must aspire. To seek to find ones own
distinctive voice amongst many who are using the same language,
is a challenge that I take upon myself each and every day.
Ive been making pots for most of my life. Its a strange
thing, to be excited by something as simple as a brown clay jug
and I cant explain it, but it seems that it happens to some
people; it just gets under your skin.
me all of Doug's pots contain a real sense of place, they are uniquely
of the countryside and have strong resonance's of a time of tranquil
peace and of the bucolic. They are simply pots made in the Glorious
English Slipware Tradition. Long may Doug continue to make his pots.
commemorate the Queen Elisabeth II Diamond Jubilee in 2012 Doug
in a collaboration with his close friend Andrew Grundon produced
a stunning commemorative jug. The jug can be viewed HERE