Peter Smith was once a research chemist specialising in high temperature chemistry before he found ceramics and set up Bojewyan Pottery in Cornwall. He first encountered pottery in the late 1960’s in Robert Fournier’s classes at the Chaucer Institute in South London.
In 1970 Peter started Bojewyan Pottery to make earthenware and slipware in a coal burning kiln of unique design. Built to mirror the chemistry of a medieval kiln, but with the ability to control the firing in a way that was not possible for the medieval potter. Unfortunately this kiln is no longer in use but it’s legacy still remains. By the 1980’s Peter had become interested in a more individual form of expression, still using earthenware, and using various self-made pottery bodies designed to maximise the clay visual rather than the use of glaze as a coating.
More recently he has been incorporating steel rods, and sometimes bolts, into his work, particularly within the more sculptural – spatial element of his work. Occasionally you might find Peter creating figurative work and assemblages of pieces made with charity shop bought glazed figures and the use of angle grinder.