EELES FAMILY POTTERY
About Eeles Family Pottery
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"We produce all our own clay bodies, one stoneware and one raku, using different clays dug from Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. All the glazes used are also mixed using raw materials, with as many as possible sourced locally."
Studio: Mosterton, Beaminster, DT8 3HN
Gallery: 56 Broad St, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QF
David & Patricia Eeles joined the Shepherds Well Pottery in London in 1955 then moved to Mosterton, West Dorset in 1962. Their sons, Benjamin and Simon Eeles carry on the family business, producing wood fired stoneware and porcelain fired in a three chambered climbing kiln. Naked crackle and copper fumed raku complete the wide range of work.
Benjamin Eeles born in London 1959 in started training with David in 1976 after a four year apprenticeship he completed his training with a year in Australia.
Simon Eeles born in London in 1961 also trained with David, starting his apprenticeship in 1979. This concentrated on the throwing and decorating of wood fired stoneware. Topics covered were all aspects of ceramics from the formulating and making the clay body and glazes used to kiln building and firing.
In 1990 both Benjamin and Simon became partners in the family pottery resulting in the name being changed from ‘Shepherds Well Pottery’ to ‘The Eeles Family Pottery’. They continued to work together until Patricia’s retirement in 2005 and David’s death in 2015.
We produce all our own clay bodies, one stoneware and one raku, using different clays dug from Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. All the glazes used are also mixed using raw materials with as many as possible sourced locally.
The stoneware and porcelain is fired to 1280 degrees centigrade in a three chambered wood fired kiln. The firing takes 36 hours and six tones of wood to complete, then 5 days to cool down. The Raku is fired to 1000 degrees centigrade then lifted from the kiln and placed on or into sawdust to give the beautiful metallic effects of rainbow raku.
The work produced is very much based on oriental ceramics using chun, shino and celadon glazes. The inspiration for the decoration comes from many sources: the landscape in its many moods, animals, floral and abstract. The work is decorated using Chinese calligraphy brushes enhancing the overall oriental theme.
Benjamin and Simon were founding members of the Dorset Craft Guild. Simon is a current member of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen.