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Pottery: The Chicken Run Studio

To find me:

The Pottery studio is in the Chicken Run in the back garden of the New House Tanners Lane, off Queens St. There is parking just outside in front of the garage.

About Me:

I was inspired to wheel thrown pottery when I first went to Palmerston North Teachers college in New Zealand. The Pottery Department was led by the renowned New Zealand potter Stan Jenkins.

That was nearly 40 years ago! However, in anticipation of my retirement and since then I now have a studio in the back garden in The Chicken Run. The girls are an inspiration and take a keen interest in everything that is going on eagerly wandering into the studio and reluctantly leaving as they are shooed out.

At last I can once again explore the medium of clay and try out ideas that have come to me over the years.

I work predominantly with stoneware clay as it is strong and will take the heat of the oven and the changes in temperature outside.& I have been able to hone my wheel throwing skills and produce functional ware that is both beautiful and textural with the clever use of glazes.

But my real interest is in following my imagination with hand built work.  Chickens of course have been an inspiration as are other animals who take on a personality of their own as they develop and pose in the clay medium. I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring hand built bowls made of coils, dots and textures producing work that is functional and aesthetic. As these take some time to produce each develops uniquely.  The glass and glaze is the final touch that brings the work to life.

I am now producing Raku pieces which is exciting and magical as each firing is remarkably one of a kind. Raku is so instantaneous and is pure chemistry in action as the glaze firing can be seen in front of your eyes.

I have produced commissioned work, individualised and personalised and am open to challenges.

If you are inspired by what you see and would be keen to visit or purchase any of my work please get in touch.


The Chicken Run Studio  at the Makers market.  Live music behind me.  - A really enjoyable Market. Don't miss 15th November 5p.m to 8p.m.  Getting ready for Christmas.   Also 20th December 5p.m to 8p.m  for those last minute buys.Another view of my stand and the Market musicianscoiled bowls ;  pools of colourHares basking in the sunlightBowls with lips  colour inside matches the lip colour.   - Will stand oven temperatures.  What fun!A lizard on a stoneA snail crawling across a leafStoneware bowls functional and aesthetic.  Ovenproof.large round coiled bowl - Beautiful glaze pools inside and contrasts with unglazed outside that enhances the external  coils.  Frost proof and oven proof.  Can be used for food or outside and looks gorgeous on display.

Find Us

The Chicken Run Studio

The New House
Tanners Lane
Oxfordshire  OX29 4HJ

Hours: By phone appointment; or just call and if we are in we will be open

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