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Jack Doherty

Jack Doherty Porcelain maker
Contact
English, Spanish, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+44 1736731303
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Finding inspiration by the sea

  • • Jack makes soda-fired porcelain vessels
  • • He is inspired by the work of ceramicist Lucie Rie
  • • His work is influenced by trips to Japan, China and Taiwan

Born in Northern Ireland, Jack Doherty discovered ceramics on an art foundation year at college. He worked as a potter in Ireland for many years and then opened his own studio back in Northern Ireland. But it was a difficult time for the region, politically and economically, so Jack and his family decided to relocate to England. “My daughter was six months old at the time, we took the cat and dog, literally everything! We found a house in Herefordshire that was interesting, and we started again,” he says. It was a fruitful move, allowing Jack the freedom to explore ceramics in the way he wanted. “Had I stayed in Ireland I think I would have been still making a very basic type of work, rather than making what I wanted to make.”

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Works

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Blue and Russet Guardian vessel

Thrown on a potter’s wheel, this vessel has subtle colours achieved by soda firing. The shape and carved interior refer to prehistorical functional forms. Jack’s passion for archetypal vessels plays a strong role in influencing his designs.

Height 32 cm
Diameter 30 cm

Jack Doherty Porcelain maker
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Two conical forms

These two porcelain vessels were hand-thrown on a potter’s wheel and finished with a soda-fired surface. Both the shape and the carved interior are a throwback to prehistoric functional forms. Jack’s passion for archetypal vessels plays a strong role in influencing his designs.

Height 21 cm
Height 19 cm

Jack Doherty Porcelain maker
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Black Guardian

This porcelain vessel was thrown on a potter’s wheel and finished with a soda-fired surface, which is the only firing technique that Jack uses. His passion for archetypal vessel shapes, recalling prehistoric functional forms, plays a strong role in influencing his designs.

Height 28 cm
Height 40 cm

Jack Doherty Porcelain maker
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Two ribbed vessels

These two vessels were hand-thrown on a potter’s wheel, using steel tools for shaping, and finished with a soda-fired surface. They are part of a series that draws on the forms of boats in the Newlyn Harbour in Cornwall.

Height 26 cm
Height 24 cm

Jack Doherty Porcelain maker
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Sentinel vessel

This porcelain vessel was thrown on a potter’s wheel and finished with a soda-fired surface. Both the shape and the carved interior are a throwback to prehistoric functional forms. Jack’s passion for archetypal vessels plays a strong role in influencing his designs.

Height 33 cm
Height 31 cm

Jack Doherty Porcelain maker

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