Jon Barrett-Danes

Jon Barrett-Danes specialises in modelling animals and thrown work. He trained at Bristol and has followed a family tradition spanning six generations of working with clay.

Describe your approach to teaching.

I aim to teach in straight forward, practical and relaxed manner and to give each individual the self-assurance in their ability to continue their projects independently.

What inspires your work?

Originally the mainstay of my inspiration was derived from the pages of the Wedgwood catalogues from the late 19th Century. The balance and the strength and proportion of the forms have provided me with a wealth of ideas that I combine with the humour and fluid qualities of cartoons. I like to contrast form and shape and to explore the potential of the surface qualities of clay.

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