Chris Speyer | A New Beginning
"I began to miss clay, the magic of taking formless earth and fashioning an object. It is an act that combines the child-like joy of playing with mud and the god-like impulse to create, the mythic journey that brings form out of chaos."
|Chris Speyer | Colourful stoneware made for Yerja Ceramics & Textiles|
I appear to possess a need to reinvent myself every ten years, or thereabouts. Throughout the 80s and 90s I made colourful, thrown and press-moulded tableware. I was the ceramic half of Yerja Ceramics and Textiles, my textile painting wife, Katherine Ukleja being my partner. It was a time of prolific production, showing and selling our work in the UK and abroad and fulfilling interior design commissions. We had a wonderful full-time assistant called Geraldine and the three of us would beaver away for long hours in my studio or Katherine’s making, decorating, painting or packing orders to meet the next deadline. During this time, I joined the small band of British potters selling work at the continental ceramics markets; Milsbeek and Swalmen in the Netherlands, Gmunden in Austria, Baden Baden and Dissen in Germany, and soon half of everything we made was going across the Channel.
|Chris Speyer | Wind Form 2|
|Chris Speyer | Gateway of Dreams|
|Chris Speyer | working in the studio|