Paul Wearing's relationship with the environment is fundamental to his practice and is expressed through the coil-built ceramic vessel and its glazed surface. Inspiration is drawn as much from elements and processes observed and experienced within both rural and urban landscapes as from the clay and glaze materials.
The layering of slips and glazes renders a visually complex and textured surface and the qualities of both form and surface encourage a direct, immediate perception and reveal a dialogue between the handmade and manifestations of nature.
Paul uses White St Thomas stoneware clay, formulates his own slips and glazes and fires in an electric kiln up to 1220 degrees centigrade. Multiple firings are undertaken in order to achieve the final surface qualities.