John Birks

I create both ceramics and printmaking. My work is always abstracted to some degree, often inspired by nature. My ceramics are sculptural rather than practical.

My work experiments with colour, texture and form. I enjoy the physicality of the processes, whether I am building up textured plates for printmaking, or sculpting clay. My collagraphs often take inspiration from the landscape, both real and imagined, but both the prints and my ceramics have become increasingly abstract.

My ceramic work is often about ways of containing space. I cut perforations into the clay to change the nature of that space. I like the contradiction between the extreme solidity of the ceramic and the transparency the holes lend to it.

Although I originally trained as an industrial designer, I find that I am far more comfortable and inspired by the act of making in an intuitive way, without the constraints of the industrial design processes.

Open days

  • Saturday 2nd May
  • Sunday 3rd May
  • Friday 8th May Bank Holiday
  • Saturday 9th May
  • Sunday 10th May

About my studio

Two artists are exhibiting in the house, with two separate studios. I will be explaining and demonstrating my collagraphic processes.

  • Visitors to the studio will be able to buy my work
  • I’m happy to undertake commissions – please ask!

Contact me

Studio location

3 Ryle Road
Nether Edge
Sheffield S7 1HT

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