In 1981, together with his wife’s weaving studio, he established Trelowarren Pottery on the Trelowarren Estate near Helston. Nic’s thrown pottery was made in his studio at Penhale Jakes near Helston, Cornwall, in the far South West of England until 2021. Here he used a local stoneware clay, producing new collections of work for Exhibition and also an extensive range of useful oven-to-table kitchenware ceramics. Originally he worked on a Leach kick wheel, which he built in 1976, but now makes most of his pots on an Alsager electric wheel. In the true Leach tradition of following through ‘the whole process’, Nic designed and built his 27 cu ft reduction fired kiln which is fired with propane gas to 1,320°C. He makes his own pottery tools for turning and finishing the pots.
His work is firmly rooted in ‘The Leach Tradition’, drawing influences from Medieval English pottery and the Cornish mining landscape in which he works. The hand thrown forms show Japanese influences and have integrity and honesty. The rich, black to rust Tenmoku glaze on the large individual Pitchers and Bottles is enhanced by firing the kiln to a very high temperature. The quiet hues of the Celadon and Ying Ching glazes inspire decoration by cutting or texturing the surface of the freshly thrown pot.
Currently, Nic and Jackie are between workshops having moved home in June 2021
Nic has been a member of the Cornwall Craft Association since 1976.
Nic is also a member of
Westcountry Potters Association
Cornwall Ceramics and Glass Group