Selected Craft : Ceramics

John Jelfs | Potter

I was born in 1946 in Exeter, Devon.
I studied ceramics at Cheltenham College of Art and since 1973 have been working with my wife Jude in our studio in the Cotswolds.

From my first exposure to studio pottery I was immediately excited by the work of the late Bernard Leach and his lifelong friend the Japanese potter Shoji Hamada. It was the strength and quietness of their pots which most excited me about their work.

For the past few years, I have been concentrating on a range of forms, to which I have applied olive/celadon, ochre and shino glazes made up from wood ash and clay, ingredients both local to my studio.
The pots are all hand-thrown from a blend of West-country clays, and are often altered while still soft on the wheel. They are fired twice, the first to biscuit (1000 degrees centigrade) and the second firing to stoneware (1300 degrees Centigrade) in a gas kiln. I use a long firing cycle as this brings out the subtlety and depth in my glazes.

Contact Details

Cotswold Pottery, Clapton Row, Bourton-on-the-Water, Glos.

GL54 2DN

Tel: 01451 820173