YouTube video of Chris kneading clay and throwing a bowl:
YouTube video of a stoneware spinning top:
YouTube video of packing and firing the kiln with Josiah King:
YouTube video of testing pots to see if they pour:
Chris Barnes studied Sculpture at St. Martins School of Art, London 1978-82 and found his way into pottery via adult education classes in Islington. He helped set up the Chocolate Factory studios in Stoke Newington, Hackney - moving into his first studio at the site in 1995. In 2006 he moved to Morvern, Argyll to set up a pottery.
By 2009 Chris had moved to Cumbria where he works in a converted farm building known as The Duckshed. There he has built another gas fired kiln which has been in use since then.
Chris says "I make two sorts of pots - stoneware and raku pieces. They reflect a love of clay as a material and it's magical transformation in firing.
Clay is a fundamental material and has been used to make all manner of objects from the earliest civilisations to the present time. Through firing it has the potential to make the moment permanent. I try to make pots that are both timeless and personal."
His sculptural raku fired work is made in response to nature and was influenced by contact with Ian Godfrey at his workshop in Highgate, London in the late 1980's. Ian's playful ceramic sculpture had a liberating effect and Chris has returned to making sculptural pieces periodically over the intervening years.
Chris has exhibited widely and is a member of the CPA.
For more information, images and video of Chris at work visit www.morvernpottery.co.uk
Here is a link to Chris' entry in the Crafts Council Directory .