#GoldenHareStories Part 1: Andrew Hazelden

October 10, 2018

#GoldenHareStories Part 1: Andrew Hazelden

Andrew Hazelden

Andrew is the first of our #goldenharestories campaign- which aim is to celebrate our artists and their stories.

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Andrew Hazelden is our first Ceramicist to feature. You'll often find Andrew sat on the deck of his 70ft Narrowboat where he lives, on the Oxford Canal watching the sun set with a mug of tea.

'It suits me as a contemplative person, the seclusion of some of the moorings give me a lot of time and space to think of shapes and designs that are never far away from a potters thoughts'

Andrew's studio is in an idyllic old blacksmiths forge. Throughout the spring and summer months Andrew moves the boat every two weeks, often enabling him to cycle along the towpath for his commute to work.

Andrew Hazelden

Andrew has been involved in the craft industry all his life. In 1984 Andrew went to work with a team of potters at Aldermaston Pottery in Berkshire, under the guidance and instruction of Alan Caiger-Smith. It was here that Andrew learned and perfected the technique of tin Glaze and reduction fired lustre. Andrew's surface decoration is very much inspired by the style of Aldermaston, the simple brush work creating such eye catching designs on the pottery. 

The techy bit...

For the ceramics lovers among you, I'd like to share a bit about how Andrew Hazelden creates his wonderful ceramics. Andrew established the Yarnton Pottery in Oxford after the pottery at Aldermaston closed in 2006. Andrew uses two kilns-  an electric kiln which is good for Tin-Glaze and a gas fired kiln which enables him to produce reduction fired lustre. Using silver and copper this technique needs a reduction of oxygen during the firing to create the iridescent surface.

Tin has been used as a whitener in glazes since 9th century Persia and lustre also has its roots in this period too, travelling through Spain and the rest of Europe becoming popular in England around the 18th century . It is not a very forgiving technique but with a glaze that has been used for over 60 years its difficult to surpass the brightness and subtlety of the possible colours. Andrew is currently creating a red lustre with a silver and copper paste, continually developing his ideas and ensuring this centuries old technique is kept alive and current in modern day life.

I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of our series, keep an eye on our social media to follow this wonderful celebration of some of the UK's most talented artists and craftspeople. 

You can buy Andrew Hazelden's ceramics here

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