Paul Westley - Paul Westley
I am largely a self-taught potter, predominantly working with stoneware clays. The majority of my pieces are wheel-thrown functional items for use around the home and for the individual, although I am always producing larger experimental pieces and occasionally hand-built work. I use both white and ‘iron bearing’ stoneware clays fired to 1240℃ in an electric kiln. I am constantly developing (and evolving) my own glazes and am especially attracted to glazes that react when used in tandem or with the clay body itself.
Occasionally I get the opportunity to fire my work in different kiln environments such as salt-fired, soda-fired, wood-fired, smoke-fired or gas reduction. I have also produced Raku fired pieces and worked with lower temperature earthenware clays. I continue to develop new designs and styles with a leaning towards working with texture and decoration.