Tim Andrews has gained an international reputation for his distinctive smoke-fired and raku ceramics. He makes individual raku work – black and white with linear decoration or burnished muted coloured slips.
The pieces are usually thrown, although some new work is hand-built. Bisque-firing is in a conventional gas kiln to 1060C. Many pieces have a ‘resist’ slip and glaze applied and are then fired in a ‘top hat’ fibre glass kiln to around 1000C, before removal when red-hot to a smoking chamber. When cold, the resist glaze is chipped off and the pot cleaned up and waxed.