Mervyn Thomas

I studied pottery at school in the 60’s, but pursued a different career before returning to ceramics following retirement.

 

I am primarily a thrower.  I mainly make porcelain bowls, and stained porcelain jewellery.

 

As the son of a gardener and former student of agriculture, my interest in nature has always influenced my ceramics. 

 

Other sources of inspiration include 18th century agateware, and 20th century art potters including Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada.  Recently I have been strongly influenced by the Japanese potter Takeshi Yasuda and have started making heavily torn and distorted porcelain vessels.