My name is Tim Lake and I am a Potter based at The Old Post Office, Cilycwm, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK
Images by Anya Rice
All my work is thrown on a slow turning kick-wheel.
I have just left my current workshop and will be moving to the new one soon...I will update progress here.....
A bit about my practice:'Fluidity, fullness and lift are attributes I look to impart into my
pots, always trying to bring the softness and suppleness of the material
through to the end of the processes. This combined with the alchemic
adventure of taking a base material and transforming it into objects of
use and beauty is the satisfying goal.
I collect various materials from the coastline and countryside near
to where I live in Cornwall. The use of these river silts, clays and
sands imparts a sense of my connection with the region that I live in.
One of the main ingredients is a material which I call ‘Red River silt’.
I collect the silt from a river that empties out into St. Ives Bay at
Godrevy. I use this material as a slip, a glaze ingredient, an
‘on-glaze’ pigment and a glaze in its own right. I process the silt and
other local clays into liquid clay slips which are then applied by
dipping or brushing onto the leather hard pots. While the slip is still
fluid and wet, I use my fingers to draw through to reveal the clay body
below. By doing this with vigour and immediacy, I hope to give the
pieces the vitality that I strive for.
A variety of different voices inform my ceramic practice, from East
to West, Korea to Marshall, Karatsu to Button. I hope that the combination
of these influences and personal endeavor lead to pieces of work that
have a subtle beauty that only clay can allow to happen.
I make a variety of forms, from rice bowls and lidded containers to
drinking cups and pouring bowls. All work is thrown and turned on a slow
turning kick wheel and fired to between 1280°C–1300°C in a gas kiln.'