Chris Hawkins started working with clay at the age of 16 & spent 2 years at Art College studying ceramics & jewellery. He went on to be trained as a production thrower by Hugh West at West Pottery, this training provided him with the ability to work accurately and precisely with Clay.
Today Chris makes one off thrown pieces which are fired using the raku process. His main work consists of Copper Matt fumed pots and a range of white glazed and naked raku pieces.
The copper matt process is notoriously difficult to control and he has spent many years perfecting a recipe and firing process that enables him to consistently achieve strong vivid colours. Chris pushes this process to its limits and sometimes will fire a piece several times to achieve the desired results.