Brought up in the Yorkshire dales, Andy Urwin studied art at Harrogate College and then completed a bachelor’s degree in Studio Ceramics at Falmouth College of Art, Cornwall.
Andy makes predominantly ceramic houses (amongst some other pieces such as boats and fish) inspired by the traditional Japanese Raku technique; a rustic and somewhat precarious technique using all of nature’s elements, earth, air, fire and water.
Raku, Andy believes, gives his work the ultimate beauty and simplicity that it deserves; although it can be an unpredictable process, the beautiful pay-off is worth it.
This unpredictability of taking pieces out of the kiln and cleaning them is something which he describes as “almost like a Christmas present, never knowing what you’re going to get”.
The wonderfully free and variable nature of this process is what drives Andy to produce beautifully tactile, rustic pieces.