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.”