BEN DODD CERAMICS

If you are able to, please come and see me at Earth & Fire International Ceramics Fair 22nd to 24th June 2018 & Wardlow Mires Pottery & Food Festival on the 8th & 9th September 2018

           
'What is the work of a potter? 
It's putting something around nothing and making nothing useful '
                         Ken Allen - Painter 1937 - 2015

My name is Ben Dodd and I am a potter living and working in Nottingham. I work in stoneware from my studio at the bottom of my garden, hand thrown or hand built in plaster moulds and I use ash glazes which are made using raw materials discovered around the country and ash from my wood burning stove.


I come from a potting family and I am following in the studio ceramic tradition.  I like to play with ideas and materials, I am interested in form, function and glazes which I make myself using techniques learned from my father Mike Dodd and my mother Celia Allen, both of which are well known established potters. I like texture, and, a sense of freedom in the making of my pots giving them life...not too fettled with.

I like to use as many raw materials as I can from either my local area or other sites around the country. 
 

My current body of work consists mainly of Yunomis, Chawans, Storage Jars, Teapots, Large Platters, Planters/Bonzai pots and this year Bird Feeders. 
 
I learn all the time by looking, feeling and listening, but mostly from doing.The practice of our craft is to me what potting is all about and hopefully I will be able to continue to produce pots that please me and the people who buy them.


If you would like any more information about me or my work or are interested in purchasing any pieces please email me through the contact page , please note that the pictures of pots on this site are to give you an idea of what I produce but they may have already been sold. Because of the nature of my work it is sometimes hard to replicate the finish on pots but if ordered I usually produce more than one to choose from. Please also click on the instagram link below and follow me to find out what I have been getting up to.