Studio Potter – Plymouth, Devon
John Pollex has carved out a unique niche in the world of studio ceramics. During the 70s and early 80s he established himself as a respected maker of traditional English slip-ware, before his work took a dramatic turn.
In 1984 John decided to change direction referring to the work of painters such as Sir Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Heron, Mark Rothko and Hans Hoffman. John used his knowledge of slips (liquid clays) to develop a completely different style of working. He dispensed with slip trailers in favour of paintbrushes, sponges and more recently plastic spatulas. The intensely coloured earthenware slips are applied in a free and painterly abstract manner.