Jack Doherty’s soda-fired porcelain pots are always simple in form, their surfaces given depth and character through the nuances and variations of the soda kiln. He often makes in series, quiet meditations on the bowl in particular (from tea bowls to larger flared shapes), but also lidded jars and dishes. As Doherty’s functional work continues to change and develop, he is saying more with less, with surface ornamentation having generally fallen away in favour of a purer and understated colouration. Born in County Derry in Northern Ireland, Doherty attended Ulster College of Art and Design and had a studio in County Armagh before settling in Herefordshire. He now lives in Cornwall, where for several years he was Lead Potter at the Leach Pottery, St Ives.

David Whiting