Andy Pearson is a ceramic artist specialising in bonsai ceramics and tea bowls
I have been making ceramics since 2002. My interest in ceramics first started with Bonsai in 1993 of which the pot is an intrinsic part of the finished image and design. I was introduced to Ceramics and I had a go at making my own pots, with a lot of time and practise I started to get better. After purchasing a small electric kiln and I started to make, glaze and fire Bonsai pots. At first I made them for my own enjoyment and for my own trees. However members of my local Bonsai club started to ask for pots for their trees and I also sold some to a local Bonsai Nursery.
I gained a lot of inspiration from other great English bonsai potters and this drove me to search for my own individual style, however Japanese ceramics always, and still does, have a huge influence over me. Over the years I attended several courses at colleges and universities in my quest to improve and better myself. These courses have included throwing pots and glaze formula. In the early part of 2003 I purchased a potters wheel and a 9 cubic foot gas kiln. Again there was another learning curve with new glaze recipes and reduction firing. Eventually I progressed enough to sell my Bonsai ceramics all over Europe via shows and also from my website www.stonemokeyceramics.co.uk
I also have a huge interest in Studio Ceramics and I am just starting to deviate from the field of Bonsai Ceramics on my new journey into Studio Ceramics, hopefully finding my voice “En Route”. I am an avid fan of the Leach tradition as this tradition stemmed from the Japanese ethos of producing pottery of which I try to portray in my work. I love subtle lines and quite forms and the ceramic pieces I create must have plenty of “Wabi Sabi” as there is beauty in in-perfection with each piece telling a story.
In 2010 I saw the Japanese potter Ryoji Koie at a demonstration at the V&A Museum, he had a huge impact on the way I work now and how I approach the clay. I like to think now that my ceramics have a voice and are an extension of me, embodying a little of my way of freedom, spirit and life.
I am also an avid collector of other artist work both sculptural and studio. However my main passion lies in my collection of Chawan and Yunomi from many different artists and sources of which are increasing on a rapid scale and of which are also used.
Exhibitions & Shows
Ceramics South East 2009
London Potters Exhibition, Morley Gallery, London 2011
Singing Soul Gallery, Cranbrook, Kent 2011 & 2012
West End House Gallery, Smarden, Kent 2011
Noelanders Trophy 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013
Best 0f British Bonsai Expo 2009 & 2011
Joy of Bonsai Expo 2010
Bonsai World Expo 2011 & 2013
French Bonsai Expo, Plourhan, Normandy 2010
Bonsai Traders Association Shows 2009, 2010 & 2011
European Bonsai Association Show Ostend 2007
Shohin UK 2013
Swindon Winter Image Show 2010, 2012 & 2013