Tim Copsey

When you consider the technical pitfalls between mud and fire, it’s a miracle that pots ever get made, but they do and have been for millennia.

When, after 25 years, I re-engaged with pottery the immediacy and muscle recognition was emotional and unexpected; and rather than picking up from a (possibly) juvenile obsession with perfection; of trying to encompass every possibility, to know everything, I embraced these pitfalls, the variables and the mistakes. God knows there are many: For a start there’s the clay, it’s texture, thickness and drying; there’s the colour, slip and glaze; and finally the firing process – my pots are wood-fired in a self-built kiln – three days of stoking, teasing the air flow and roaring flame, then 48 hours of unknowing while it cools.

There are often cracks and disappointments… Kintsugi きんつぎ (mending pots with gold) is a Japanese way of making the broken beautiful, of elevating a simple beloved piece, of clawing back a sense of beauty after life takes it’s toll… don’t we do that every day?

Tim Copsey