Pottery Courses with Jack Doherty Cornwall

Jack Doherty

Potter Jack Doherty Vase created on a potters wheel by Jack Doherty

Renowned potter Jack Doherty teaches our four day Potter's Wheel course and The Vessel course.


Until this year Jack Doherty has been Lead Potter and Creative Director of the Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall (2008 -2013). Jack joins Newlyn School of Art as Resident Potter working from his new studio at the art school.

Born in Co Derry, Northern Ireland, Doherty trained in Ceramics at the Ulster College of Art and Design in Belfast. As an internationally renowned maker he has been at the forefront of promoting contemporary ceramics, exhibiting widely in the UK and abroad.

Jack Doherty challenges the rules of refinement and containment through the fluidity and energy of his work. His soda-fired vessels are embedded with ancient stories and contemporary narratives creating an intervention with domestic space and daily life. No longer purely utilitarian, these abstract vessels do not conform to conventional use. Doherty questions the vernacular of domesticity and functionality.

He describes himself as being; 'Interested in the usefulness of things. Archetypal forms from history are touchstones in my practice. Vessels made for a contemporary context can be solitary and contemplative or ceremonial; for everyday or a special occasion. My work references function but not necessarily utility. I question their place in the world. These essential objects for living are layered with aesthetic, visceral and spiritual meaning within the shared and negotiated terrain of home'.


Photographs of Jack Doherty © Simon Cook

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