Edinburgh-born Andrew studied ceramics at Gray's school of Art from 1974 to 1979, during which time he also completed a post-graduate year of study. Andrew's career has centred on making and teaching: he was head of art at a school in Birmingham concurrent to working as a potter. Andrew currently works in Lichfield in Staffordshire, where he set up his workshop in 1981. He makes individual and hand-built pieces in stoneware and porcelain, reduction fired to 1280 degrees Celsius.
The work on show is a range of thrown porcelain pieces in blue and white with cobalt slip decoration. The slip decoration is mostly applied at the green stage as a form of underglaze decoration. The slip is applied using a variety techniques, including sponging, slip trailing, masking, brushes, decals, and even fingers! Varying percentages of cobalt and other oxides produce a range of tones/ shades. Further work on the decoration during the glazing stage helps to extend the shades of blue and includes the addition of orange spots. Andrew is influenced by oriental blue and white ware in his work, and he has been exploring this idea for his range since the late 1990s.
Andrew is a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and the Midlands Potters Association, Birmingham Art Circle. Andrew has exhibited throughout the UK and has work in several public and private collections.
The Strathearn Gallery | 32 West High Street | Crieff | Perthshire | PH7 4DL