John Masterton

John works in porcelain, thrown on the wheel, and finish using glazes based on traditional Chinese recipes - copper red, celadon and tenmoku - fired in reduction to around 1300C. He makes pots that can be used, or at least look as though they can be used. John is inspired by many things, but his first love is Imperial Chinese ceramics, exemplified by the pieces in the Percival David collection, now housed in the British Museum.

 

His work is inspired by classical Chinese pieces, finished in rich copper red and celadon glazes reconstructed from traditional Chinese recipes.

 

Some of the pieces have handles and other embellishments made in Sterling Silver, a softer metal contrasting with the hard porcelain.  John loves the alchemy of reduction firing in his gas kiln - the transmutation of dull minerals into exciting deep colours and surfaces that have to be touched.