George Thom

After completing a professional career in local government I took up ceramics as a hobby, going to Glasgow Art School for evening classes. I really enjoyed the immediacy of the art form, particularly throwing. The idea that you can create a useful good looking piece from your own skills still gives me a kick. I have since developed my skills with the support and help of a great bunch of people in Glasgow Ceramics Studio.

Ceramics is a wonderfully tactile art form which has been around for thousands of years, dating back to 3000 BC in China, where they were making and glazing pots to a very high standard. Some of their glazes are still used today. The brown colour in my pots is derived from the Chinese classic temoku glaze.

Glazing is an amazingly complex process and almost every potter will testify to its complexity and variability. This makes each firing very unpredictable, so you never know what you are really going to get.