Ashes to Ashes: How the lowliest of materials became the height of taste

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For the ancient Chinese, the discovery that wood ash could be made into glazes brought them the exquisite colours of imperial bronze and majesterial jade in a plastic medium. For Bernard Leach and his disciples (chief among them Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie) these pots were a revelation. With their own trials in ash they looked to a … Read more

Phil Rogers & Richard Coles in Conversation

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Phil Rogers’ fifth Goldmark exhibition opened at the height of Covid lockdown. With no possibility of inviting people to the show, we instead brought the show to them with an online tour and talk with longtime friend and collector, the Reverend Richard Coles. Just weeks ahead of the republication of Phil’s renowned Ash Glazes book, … Read more

In Conversation | Phil Rogers with Rev’d Richard Coles

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Rev’d Richard Coles in conversation with potter Phil Rogers, over Zoom, back in May 2020.  The Rev’d Richard Coles has been a collector of studio pottery for many years, particularly of Phil Rogers’ work. They discuss Phil’s life in pottery and the sources of his inspiration, including Korean and Japanese pots, the work of Shoji … Read more

Fire, Wood and Clay: What’s in an Aesthetic?

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There can be no denying it: there’s something about wood-firing that produces special pots. But what is it about the wood-fired aesthetic (if there even is one) that captivates? Where does our appreciation for it begin? And, perhaps most important of all: is it still relevant today? Is the wood-fired aesthetic right for our age? … Read more

Trimmings | Phil Rogers | A Tribute

Phil Rogers

Phil Rogers, who died late last year after a short illness, was one of Britain’s leading potters and advocates for his craft. His work is internationally respected and examples are held in the collections of more than 50 museums worldwide, including the V&A, the British Museum, the National Museum of Wales, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art in Mino, Japan.

Masterclass | Phil Rogers | Centring, Trimming & Rope Decoration

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Phil Rogers shares his wealth of potting experience in this live demonstration at Goldmark Gallery. Here he explains the importance of learning to centre the bat and other objects on the wheel by knocking. He goes on to trim the bottom of a chawan, creates a footring and finishes by showing how to decorate by impressing with rope.

Exhibition | Phil Rogers | Earthly Matters

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Phil Rogers, one of the outstanding British potters of his generation, exhibited at Goldmark Gallery from 16 May 2020. This was the 5th major exhibition of his work at Goldmark and each show has built on the success of the one before. Goldmark was closed because of the Coronavirus however the exhibition was available virtually to the public with an online tour and new films featuring both an interview with Rogers and footage of him at work. The exhibition saw the publication of a new catalogue written by the Rev. Richard Coles, Vicar of Finedon, former member of 1980s pop group The Communards and presenter of Radio 4 programme Saturday Live. The film shows the culmination of an extraordinary career in ceramics by a potter who forged his own path pushing the boundaries of the traditions he was rooted in.

Inspire Me | Phil Rogers | Part 1

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Phil Rogers imparts advice to new potters. He also talks about how he keeps things fresh for himself after so many years of potting. Rogers discusses different glazing and firing techniques and the kilns he has built; from gas, to salt to wood fired. He talks about the future of the wheel and throwing, being self-taught and collecting pots himself. Finally he discusses Shoji Hamada and his special relationship with the tea bowl or chawan.

Documentary | Phil Rogers | Drawing in the Air

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Filmed on location in Wales, this documentary follows Phil Rogers as he prepares for his 2014 ceramics exhibition at Goldmark Gallery – his first major show in 6 years.

The film shows Rogers at work in and around his studio in Rhayader, Mid-Wales. It shows him throwing cups, bowls and jugs, glazing and decorating and opening his oil and wood-fired kilns.

Rogers discusses his life as a studio potter and the challenges involved. The film also shows a range of his current work.