Peter Woodward

Peter lives in Dorchester. 
Since 2011 Peter has been making pottery at Bill Crumbleholme's pottery classes, much of it inspired by his archaeological background.

Pots selected and exhibited at Bridport 2013 - less one kanji bowl!

Bridport 2014 - statement

Peter worked with ancient pottery during his career as an archaeologist, both digging it up locally and curating it in the Dorset County Museum.
He started making replica prehistoric pots a while ago with Bill Crumbleholme and, since an inspiring visit to pottery kilns in Japan in 2011, has attended Bill's pottery classes to learn throwing and hand-building techniques .
Peter's pots reflect his deep  knowledge of ceramics  through the ages; they are often shaped and decorated in ways that hint at those traditional approaches to pottery production.
This is the second time Peter has displayed his pots for sale and he eagerly awaits public reaction!

Getting the pots ready! - 52 selected so far, all still intact, some more from the last wood firing, now 66 and numbering ready for transit tomorrow. 


Bridport 2016 - statement

Peter had a long career in archaeology, which involved excavations and fieldwork, and then a role as a curator in the Dorset County Museum. His skills, gained in an architectural education and practice, were applied to archaeological illustration, publication and museum display, and his landscape drawing and studies were used in the visualisation of ancient settlements and buildings in the Dorset countryside. Over many years of sketching and painting landscapes, he has begun to explore new challenges and three-dimensional studies.

Having handled, and studied, pottery of prehistoric, Roman and medieval date during his career, and inspired by a visit in 2011 to a traditional pottery kiln in Hagi township, Japan, he decided to experiment with pottery-making. He started attending Bill Crumbleholme's pottery classes in Upwey where he has learnt techniques of throwing, hand-building, glazing and firing. Peter's pots reflect a deep knowledge of ceramics through time; they are often shaped and decorated in ways that hint at ancient traditional approaches to pottery production.

Peter's glazed stoneware has most recently been fired in a wood-burning kiln and many pots are decorated with grooved and impressed motifs which have been inspired in part by his knowledge of ancient pottery. His work also includes raku-fired bowls, while terracotta earthenware vessels are reconstructions of prehistoric pots, of Neolithic and Bronze Age date - often made during public events arranged by the Ancient Wessex Network, and on occasion completed in experimental pit, bonfire and clamp firings; sometimes successful!

This is the third time that Peter has displayed his pots for sale and he eagerly awaits some public reaction!

Getting the pots ready again!

   
 
   



Here again! - Bridport 2016

 
   



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Peter Woodward,
14 Nov 2016, 08:54
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