Chris Hawkins started working with clay at the age of 16 & spent 2 years at Art College studying ceramics & jewellery. He went on and trained as a production thrower by Hugh West at West Pottery, this training provided him with the ability to work accurately and precisely with Clay.
Today he makes one off thrown pieces which are fired using the raku process. His main work consists of Copper Matt fumed pots and a range of white glazed and naked raku pieces.
The copper matte process is notoriously difficult to control and Chris Hawkins has spent many years perfecting a recipe and firing process that enables him to consistently achieve strong vivid colours. Chris pushed this process to it’s limits and sometimes will fire a piece several times to achieve the desired results.
He uses a white stoneware body to which molochite is added to help with the thermal shock, this is fired in an electric kiln to bisc at 1050°C. The raku work is fired in various kilns built by himself and fired by propane to approx. 1050°C
He uses copper matte recipe which he has developed over many years with frits and materials, some found next to our workshop in a redundant copper and tungsten mine.