Doug works in South West Scotland with his potter wife, Hannah McAndrew. His workshop is situated deep in the Galloway countryside and the surrounding natural environment fills him with inspiration and wonder.
Doug works in red earthenware clay, the pots simply decorated, with appliqué decoration or sgrafitto, using a basic palette of traditional slips, made from natural raw materials. His pots are thrown on the wheel and then fired either in a electric kiln or in a kiln fuelled with wood.
The forms, predominantly 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. The skills presented by the master craftspeople of the past set an extraordinary high standard to which the contemporary maker must aspire. To seek to find one’s own distinctive voice amongst many who are using the same language, is a challenge that Doug takes upon himself each and every day.
’I have 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.’