Dennis is well known within Australia, UK, US, NZ and Canada for his matt crystalline glazes and exquisite ceramic wheel thrown forms. Dennis is a quite achiever and only when he is satisfied that his work has reached the very best quality will he show it. Born in the UK in 1949, he is known as one of the foremost ceramic artists in Australia.
“I have been ‘working with clay’ for over thirty five years now, more than half my life – a landmark that comes with a certain amount of reflection.”
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My primary goal is always for the work to have integrity and enough presence to make it worth taking up space in this cluttered world. My latest raku pieces continue to surprise and frustrate me. Of all ceramic methods, raku in particular prefers to remain feral by nature, refusing to be tied down or controlled. That is what is so appealing and frustrating at the same time. The same raw materials have been used for centuries: clay – river washed and stratified, metal oxides and minerals from the ground used to produce colour and depth in glazes. The historical and material gaps are small. Human intervention and expression transforms and imparts meaning that we can all engage with. Linear decoration using smoke and ‘resist’ remains a favourite technique – black, white and just a few glazes. The ‘soft’ burnished or glazed surfaces for me, lend a warmth and intimacy to the pieces, integrating form and decoration
The development of unique smoking techniques and glazes have taken the best of 20 years to perfect. Dennis has dedicated many years to his research into matt crystal glazes and has won numerous awards for his exquisite elegant forms.
Dennis held the position of ‘Head of Ceramics’ during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, he was a highly respected lecturer and tertiary educator, he was awarded ‘Teacher of the year’ during this period in North Queensland. His technical skills have been sort after by many overseas and Australian potters. He currently works from his studios in Doonan on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.
“An artist’s work is deeply rooted in the psychology of the maker. In these new forms I have found my questioning spirit and one that escapes and refuses to be tied down to a single symbolic meaning”