Events for 2019

I will be exhibiting at stand 116 at
Earth & Fire International Ceramics Fair 21-23
June 2019
Ceramics in Southwell
25 August 2019
Wardlow Mires Pottery & Food Festival 7-8 September 2019
Be great to see you there if you can make any of the above events!

'What is the work of a potter? 
It's putting something around nothing and making nothing useful '
                         Ken Allen - Painter 1937 - 2015

My name is Ben Dodd. I am a potter living and working in Nottingham UK. I produce stoneware pots from my studio, thrown on the wheel, sometimes hand built in plaster moulds. I draw  inspiration from the Anglo-Japanese studio ceramic traditions. I use ash glazes, which, I make using raw materials discovered locally, or, at other sites around the UK. These are mixed with wood ash from my stove.

I come from a potting family. I feel it's important to be part of the effort to keep traditional studio pottery alive and well in the UK. I make the glazes myself using techniques and recipes learned from my father Mike Dodd and my mother Celia Allen. Both are well known established potters. It's very helpful having this wealth of knowledge and experience on hand, there is so much to learn. 

I like texture, a sense of freedom; being loose in the making; giving them life; communicating that they are made from a soft maluable material. 

My current body of work consists of: yunomis, chawans; storage jars; teapots; large platters; planters-bonzai pots and this year bird feeders. 
I learn all the time by looking, feeling, listening, but mostly from doing.The practice of our craft is what it's all about. Hopefully I can continue to produce pots that please me and the people who buy them.

Please note; the pictures of pots on this site are to give you an idea of what I produce, but, they may not be available. It is sometimes hard to replicate the look and feel of a particular piece, but, if ordered I usually produce more than one for you to choose from.

If you would like more information about me, my work, or, you are interested in purchasing any pieces, please email me through the contact page.

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Thank you.