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Blue Glaze Circular Bottle Necked Vase with Handles


Joseph Bull


Stoneware made with composite pieces where the ash glaze is covering half of the bottle and the piece is glazed in Beech tree ash. The bottle is wood fired for 45 hours and shows natural flame work on the raw clay. There are areas of natural fly ash on the glaze created as a by-product of burning timber. Joseph favours compound shapes that, while simple in appearance, are in fact complex in construction.


24 x 32 x 10 cm

Impressed with artist’s seal




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Joseph Bull is young studio potter whose first independent studio opened in 2020 in Wotton-near-Woodstock, Oxfordshire. After graduating from University College Falmouth in 2015, Joseph took up a one year apprenticeship with sculptor and studio potter Michel Francois in Falmouth. Moving onto the Leach pottery as a studio volunteer Joseph was exposed to further Japanese pottery techniques and practises that helped shape his glaze aesthetics. It wasn’t until being offered an artist residency in Egypt by Egyptian painter Mohamed Abla that Joseph’s experience with ceramic forms became inspired, discovering 9th century ceramics and lustre glaze techniques. Later Joseph felt that he should undertake more education in studio pottery within the United Kingdom. It was on invitation by Ian Morrison at his pottery, Knighton Mill pottery, Wiltshire on the recommendation of the Leach pottery’s lead potter Roelof Uys, that Joseph underwent 18 months training in Salt glazed ceramics with Ian which furthered his forms, proportions, throwing techniques and firing cycles. During this time Joseph was being invited by anthropologist Dr Robin Wilson of Oxford University and the Wytham studios to become artist in residence at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. As part of his residency Joseph fired the University of Oxfords Anagama kiln on site in Wytham woods, Oxford. It is here where he started to combine European forms with Japanese wood firing techniques, making glazes from a variety of local tree species and clays.