Phil Arthur lives and works in North Norfolk. He trained in vocational ceramics at Farnham School of Art and Design and Epsom College of Art from 1970 to 1974.
Having worked as a production wheel thrower, making functional domestic ware, he has become increasingly inspired by the freedom and limitless scope of hand building techniques which he uses when teaching.
He has developed a line of bird form pots using altered thrown shapes as the basis for construction. As a potter rather than a sculptor he has retained the essential essence of a pot, a vessel, whilst being prepared to ditch all other constraints.
Phil’s pots are inspired by, and follow the tradition of, 17th century English slipware owl jugs, but have been taken a step further, influenced by Pre-Columbian vessels and the pots of Picasso.
Each lidded jug is assembled from 5 or more individual wheel-thrown and altered pieces, slip painted and decorated with scraffito designs. The material he uses is smooth red terracotta clay and he uses a range of traditional earthenware honey glazes.
Available work by Phil Arthur:
Sparrowhawk lidded jug, bluePhil ArthurCeramic, approximately 30cm high.
Kingfisher lidded jugPhil ArthurCeramic, approximately 18cm high
Owl lidded jug, 3 tone greenPhil ArthurCeramic, approximately 25cm high.
Puffin lidded jugPhil ArthurCeramic. Approximately 25cm high.
Toucan lidded jugPhil ArthurCeramic. Approximately 32cm high.
Owl lidded jug, 3 tone yellowPhil ArthurCeramic. Approximately 25cm high.
Little Owl lidded jugPhil ArthurCeramic. Approximately 23cm high.