Des Tucker

After 30 years in construction I joined a ceramics course at a local college and loved it from the outset. I realise now what an inexhaustible topic it is. There is always a new technique, a new avenue to explore, a new route to go down. It never ceases to excite me.

Most of my work is thrown on the wheel in either stoneware or terracotta. Currently I am experimenting with some black clay and textured slips. I generally fire stoneware at 1250C or 1280C in an electric kiln but I have recently have been carrying out some reduction firing in a gas kiln.

I enjoy making large pieces. I love simple classic shapes and bold colours. I often like to leave a body of the natural clay unglazed showing its natural colours and texture.