ROGER BELL - Roger Bell Ceramics
I trained in ceramics under Brian Starkey at Sutton College Of Liberal Arts in the 1980’s. I had some success with shows in the London area and the Midlands. From 1989 to 2005 running the craft gallery Dexterity in Ambleside left time for making only a few ceramic pieces. Since then development has been rapid, with work sold from gallery exhibitions, ceramic shows in the UK and on the continent and open studio events. Work is held in collections in the UK (including the Leicestershire Collection), Germany, Holland and France.
I regard myself as a sculptor making work to fit into a domestic setting. My inspirations are eclectic and include the jigsaw form, architecture, metal cans from the first half of the 20th century, abstract sculpture, and furniture. I work mainly with grogged handbuilding clays rolled out as slabs, cut and assembled, then modelled and patterned or textured. Most work is fired to stoneware temperature in a wood-fired kiln for the ‘warm’ finish caused by the fly ash. My usual glaze is a white dolomite glaze which is slightly under-fired so not smooth or glassy. Sometimes I use the ‘raku’ firing technique - low temperature, removal red hot, then placed in combustible material to blacken unglazed areas. Sculptural pieces may be on wooden or slate plinths and incorporate wire, textile or other materials.
Roger Bell Ceramics
11 High Gale,
Cumbria LA22 0BG
- 015394 32730
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