William Plumptre

William Plumptre studied ceramic design at Chelsea College of Art before studying under three different master potters in Japan. He lived for 2 years in Mashiko from 1985 where he worked for a year in the workshop of Tatsuzo Shimaoka: a National Treasure of Japan.

William explains how studying in Japan “opened up a vast wealth of pottery technique and interpretations of clay.. I have returned four times to Japan and still draw on my experiences there. I was curious to learn the technique of Zogan the inlay of slip on clay and rope decoration on the surface of clay which is the main reason why I went to study under Tatsuzo Shimaoka. I love the surface texture created by this method and the use of different types of wood ash glaze to bring out the rope patterns.”

William Plumptre exhibited in ‘Two Painters and a Potter’ at Linden Hall Studio together with Arthur Neal and Charles Williams. The exhibition ran from 4th September – 2nd October 2016.