Doug Fitch

” Work that preserves that almost indescribable tremor of wheel and hand… His big jugs and storage jars have a reassuring solidity and are full of engaging character and personality.”  David Whiting

I work in red earthenware clay, the pots simply decorated, with appliqué decoration or sgrafitto, using a basic palette of traditional slips that are made from natural raw materials. The majority of my pots are thrown on the wheel with some press moulded dishes, decorated with freely trailed lines.

The forms, principally large jugs, draw influence from the work of the medieval potters of England and the subsequent tradition of slip decorated country pottery that was prevalent in this country until the early twentieth century.

I’ve been making pots for most of my life. It’s a strange thing, to be excited by something as simple as a brown clay jug and I can’t explain it, but it seems that it happens to some people; it just gets under your skin.

Public Collections:

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, UK

Centre of Ceramic Art, York, UK

Shipley Museum & Art Gallery, Middlesborough, UK

Ceramic Museum of Mun-Gyeong, South Korea.