Ceramics are Charlie’s passion. He took up throwing in 2016 and loved it so much that he created a ceramics studio in the coach house at Woodlands Farm Wales. He can generally be found in the studio, when not compelled to work elsewhere on the Farm, working on his creations and honing his skills. He was so smitten that he immersed himself in a ceramics diploma at CityLit in London which, originally intended to be for two years, took over three to complete as COVID 19 caused a hiatus. Completed in December 2022, it is all now over with the graduation show taking place Downstairs at The Department Store in Brixton (248 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8FR) during February 2023. This show was the culmination of many projects, much learning and a huge amount of fun. The project on display, called Distress, was inspired by Woodlands Farm with a political narrative.
So what next? Lots of making, some teaching and hopefully even more selling.
For Charlie the wheel is his preferred tool, although he loves to dismantle and assemble thrown pieces to create sculptural work. He slab builds too. His ambition is to continue creating pieces inspired by the farm, infused with some politics and influenced by his reaction to the effects of humans on this planet. He aspires to create pieces which are beautiful in form and enhanced with glazes he has created and fired in one of his two kilns (one gas, the other electric). His aim being to create unique pieces with a narrative that are a joy to own.
Charlie now gives lessons on the wheel at the farm. Over two days, he teaches how to throw cylinders and bowls on day one and on day two you turn, add handles to and decorate your creations. Charlie will then fire and glaze your pieces and post them to you. There are four wheels and so Charlie can accommodate couples or small groups wanting to learn together. Do ask for details.
Charlie sells his work. His ceramics are currently available for use by our glamping guests at Woodlands Farm. The farm showcases some of his work. If any take your fancy do ask what’s for sale.