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Paul Philp Bowl Form 01
Paul Philp Bowl Form 01
Paul Philp Bowl Form 01
Paul Philp Bowl Form 01

Paul Philp Bowl Form 01

Maker: Paul Philp

Regular price £1,900.00

Handmade in England

Dimensions: H 16.5cm x L 28cm x W 22cm

Materials: Stoneware; China clay and Devon ball clay

Method:  Coiled and carved


Crafted by esteemed ceramicist Paul Philp, this sublime vessel is handmade using coiling techniques from a blend of contrasting clays. It is first bisque fired, following a mixture of clay and sand applied to the body. Thick China clay and ball clay slip is applied to the top rim area and then fired. This process is repeated several times. A 'wash' of black oxide is added to the rough sandy area of the bowl and a plain stoneware wood-ash glaze to the edge. The piece is then fired to 1,260°C.

This piece has an intriguing shape and a distinct quality that reflects Philp's practice and echo’s his historical references. The bowl has a wonderful tactile surface, with multiple tones across the body, all of which adds to the enticing charm of Philp's formations. 


About the Artist

Paul has been working with clay for over forty years and over that time has experimented with a variety of materials and techniques, some of which have never been tried before. This has resulted in equal measures of delight and frustration as some attempts work and others fail. It’s not an easy task especially as each of his pieces face, what he calls an “unknown future”, as various “breakdowns” (unpredictable cracks and fissures) occur as they are fired multiple times in the kiln. However, this is all part of Paul Philp’s unique creative process. It’s very important to him that each of his pieces develop into something that have their own individual character and identity. He wants them to have a life beyond him and soon after he starts to create them, they should continue on a journey of their own. We are attracted to this idea and hope that as owners and inheritors of his pieces that they will continue their journey in our own homes and beyond.