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exhibition 2011

PETER SWANSON
(Ash-Glazed Stoneware)

8th October - 16th October

Tenmoku dish with iron and nuka pours.
2011

Peter Swanson solo exhibitions are rare preferring as he does to show small only selections of his work at any one time. So it's with great pleasure that oakwood bring you a Solo Exhibition by this great potter.

Peter's style is set very much in the Leach Oriental Tradition, using glazes made with local ground stone dust, clays and most importantly wood ash. Peter's work has always been strong, however in the last couple of years his work has matured with a softness appearing and with his continuing experimentation with wood ash and clays his pots and glazes develop. Like many potters of his generation he has traveled to see and learn from potters and pots made in other cultures. Last year he traveled extensively in Japan, a trip which I feel has produced subtle and profound changes in his work and working practice.

In addition to gas fired reduced stoneware Peter also fires in a anagama type kiln, so it should come as no surprise that one of his destinations in Japan was the Shigaraki region. There will be some anagama pieces in this exhibition.

A tall facetted bottle with thatch ash glaze over red ochre slip. 2011
Teabowl: 2011
Thick black tenmoku with impressed roundel. NB. the textured and open clay body. This bowl I think illustrates well Peter's maturing style and developing purity of purpose.
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