WOOD FIRED CERAMICS
Stephen Parry trained at Croydon College of Art 1974-77, Dartington Workshop 1977-79 and in France using wood-fired kilns. Stephen set up his present pottery at Ryburgh, near Fakenham in rural Norfolk in 1981 and makes a range of functional pots and one-off pieces using stoneware and porcelain clays.
All work is wood-fired using two distinctly different types of wood-firing kilns. The first is a double fire box phoenix type kiln, this 120cuft kiln is fired using pine wood in around 24hrs. The second is an Anagama kiln which is fired with a mix of hard and soft wood for 3 – 4 days, to a temperature of around 1300 – 1350c.
Some pots are glazed with wood or straw ash glazes, others are thickly slipped or left unglazed – allowing the fly-ash that lands on the work during the long firing to naturally glaze the pots.