Roger Cockram Ceramics

Welcome to Roger Cockram Ceramics

Our usual opening hours are: Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm and 2.15pm – 5pm. It is advisable to ring before making a visit. We are also sometimes open at weekends, or can do so on request.  We live nearby – so should you find it closed, then do try the number shown on the sign at the entrance.  We may be home and would be happy to open the showroom for you.

The venue comprises a timber clad pottery building which houses a gallery/showroom, adjoining studio and further kiln room. Gallery/Showroom of pottery and paintings with prints. We also have a selection of jewellery by Ros.

If you visit the studios you may be able to see the work in one of the stages of making.

My observations result in various vessel forms, often quite large, sometimes incised and involving modelling and painting.  I use several sponged layers of vitreous slips and various matt and gloss glazes. These often bleed up through one another during the firing to give a strong sense of depth to the surface. Sometimes gold, platinum or other coloured lustres are then used to suggest the play of light on a surface. Should you visit, I may be throwing, painting pots – or even firing the kiln.

All the ware is fired slowly to a high temperature where the flames can strongly affect the melting glazes.

In the later stages of the firing the kiln is slightly starved of oxygen and this radically affects the colours produced. During this ‘reducing’ phase, the kiln is allowed to reach more than 1300 degrees centigrade, with flames emerging from every crack in the structure. It is actually quite a dramatic and exciting time.

Basically, I am attempting to ‘steer’ the forces rather than controlling them, to achieve an impression of the heat and flames when one sees the result. Conversely, the cooling phase is very slow and cannot be rushed.

Recent work includes new forms in porcelain and in stoneware clay and presently includes a strong focus on impressions of the water itself, eg ripples on the surface of a pool, or the violent power of the  sea surf, waves etc. A softer look is also slowly appearing in all the work