William's forthcoming show here in the Billiard Room (28 Nov - 28 Jan 2017) looks at the very significant influence of Japan on his work. He is the only British potter to have ever studied under Tatsuzo Shimaoka (1919-2007), who is a National Treasure. For further information about the exhibition, please contact me.
William has built a reputation as one of the outstanding English potters working in the distinguished Anglo-Japanese tradition, founded in the early 20th century by Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach. Having studied Ceramic Design at Chelsea College of Art, he worked in Japan for a year and in 1988 set up his workshop in the Lake District.
He works with stoneware clay mostly thrown on the wheel although some of his work is slab-built and press moulded. All his work is reduction fired in the gas-fired kiln he designed and built himself.
William has exhibited at leading venues in the United Kingdom and the United States and recently one of his plates was selected as the official present from the British Government to the Japanese Emperor.