Mike Dodd - Solo Exhibition
15th February to 30th March 2014
2014 Season Opens with an Exhibition of Functional Pots by Mike Dodd
15th February to 30th March
Beginning our 2014 exhibition schedule at the Leach Pottery is British potter Mike Dodd. Largely self-taught, Mike’s work has received widespread critical acclaim. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and a one year ceramics course at Hammersmith College of Art before setting up his first studio in Sussex in 1968.
In 1975, along with friend and potter Peter Schofield, he founded the Cider House Pottery at West Cornwall’s Godolphin estate, where they built a small wood-fired climbing kiln, and later constructed and worked with a traditional Thai kiln. Dodd remained in Cornwall until 1980, when he travelled to the central jungles of Peru to build a wood-fired Anagama kiln for an Amuesha Community, in a project funded by Oxfam and Survival International. He now works from his studio near Glastonbury in Somerset.
Producing work that has been referred to as ‘pottery without ego’, Dodd works mostly in stoneware, and sometimes in porcelain, producing functional pottery that eschews conceptual approaches to ceramic work in favour of the direct relationship between maker and object - “a sensibility to clay quality and glaze surface and depth – and an appreciation of throwing which is expressive of the clay itself, soft and vulnerable,” - and ultimately object and user. Fired in an oil-fired kiln using what is known as a ‘reducing flame’ to create warmer, earthier colours, Dodd employs subtle glazes made from natural granites, clays and wood ashes and his work reflects the unpretentious, preindustrial qualities of directness, spontaneity and generosity of form.
Mike has exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad and is widely acknowledged as one of the leading practitioners in this field. He is a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, a fellow of the Craft Potters Association and his work is held in collections at the V&A, London and the British Crafts Council Collection amongst others.
Mike Dodd’s solo exhibition opens in the Entrance Gallery at the Leach Pottery on Saturday 15th February.