Paul Philp

Paul Philp has been making ceramics for over fifty years. Uniting refined classic forms with highly tactile surfaces to create pieces of strong individual identity, Paul builds each piece by hand.

Working from his studio in Bath, Paul slowly develops robust, pared-back shapes using coiling, modelling, carving and other hand-building techniques. The vessels are fired no less than four times, with layers of slips and oxides introduced at each stage, to yield subtly eroded and spotted surfaces. Recalling ancient artefacts and geological textures, his work evokes a feeling of serenity.

Alongside his passion for pottery, Paul also explores his interests in literature, ancient culture, oriental art, geology, and the natural world.