My work is inspired by classical Chinese pieces, finished in rich copper red and celadon glazes reconstructed from traditional Chinese recipes.

Some of the pieces have handles and other embellishments made in Sterling Silver, a softer metal contrasting with the hard porcelain.  I love the alchemy of reduction firing in my gas kiln - the transmutation of dull minerals into exciting deep colours and surfaces that have to be touched.

My studio is at my home in Sawbridgeworth in Hertfordshire, and visitors are always welcome by prior arrangement.



If you are one of the four or five people that bought a large red mug from me at Earth and Fire on 24th/25th June, please beware.  A couple of the mugs have cracked when boiling water has been poured into them.  It's not a problem I've had with any other pieces of work - only this batch, which was fired last week, and I suspect was cooled too fast after the firing.  If you have one of these mugs, please get in touch and I will arrange a replacement.


john masterton ceramics