I studied ceramics at UWIC from 1971-1974 with the emphasis on thrown domestic ware, gas fired. This was to be my primary focus for the following twenty years but I changed from gas to wood firing after about ten years. Around 1990 I became interested in raku firing but mainly as a teaching aid with a view to involving students in a manageable firing process. The immediacy of raku is very appealing and lends itself to creativity. I found myself being sucked in and started to work exclusively with the raku process. This has lead me down many roads of experimentation and many frustrating dead ends.
My interest in raku hasn’t diminished and is on-going but I use various forms of firing or smoking to create the desired effect. Of late I have been concentrating very simple forms with complex surface qualities and images.
Mick Morgan will lead the Hands On Activity at the 2013 Festival.