Paul Wearing British, b. 1967
"My hand-built sculptural vessels are inspired by our interconnectedness with nature’s seasons and cycles. It is the correlation between the slower emerging cycles of nature and the making processes which harness innate material qualities leading to alchemical developments within the kiln that underpins my work."
Paul Wearing is an award winning ceramicist based in the vibrant Fireworks Clay Studios cooperative in Cardiff where he has been a member since 2007. He is a Selected Member of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain and was elected to their Governing Council in 2018. Having studied ceramics to post graduate level Paul has exhibited widely across the UK and internationally.
Paul's hand-built sculptural vessels are inspired by our interconnectedness with nature’s seasons and cycles; how evidence of lived moments in nature speak to our own experience of being human, of being nature. He is drawn to the vessel as symbolic form echoing the built environment and to contrasting textures resulting from energetic forces of growth and decay which interact and transform the sense of order.
Paul works with a grogged stoneware clay and in contrast, porcelain. The forms are made mostly with coiling techniques, a slower contemplative process, but Paul also incorporates some press moulding and slab building enabling faster working.
Paul embraces contrasts of control and chance within the glazing process. The surface is rendered through brushed layers of slips and glazes reacting within oxidised firing processes. Selective volatile materials bring surface disruption through blistering, cratering and crawling. Glazing and firing processes are repeated until optimum depth and complexity of surface appears.
CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS: FORM THROUGH FIRECelebrating the very best of contemporary ceramic practice in the UK today 4 Sep - 22 Oct 2021Celebrating the very best of contemporary ceramic practice in the UK today, this major show at Cornwall's award-winning Porthminster Gallery in St Ives features fresh and experimental works by invited young, emerging, and new names to the gallery: Björk Haraldsdóttir; Ho Lai; Nicholas Lees; and Paul Wearing, alongside some of...