"Environment influences include shape, colour and texture of surroundings, to which my Pennine Mountain location contributes much. (Particularly the dark dry stone walls and the patterns created upon the bright green fields).
Process refers to both the act of making (what happens during the manipulation of clay, slip, and glaze always with one eye on the possible effects of firing!) and an awareness of the passage of time, Changes that occur with events of nature and history.
Individual slab pieces are createdthrough a process which includes using an antique mangle to roll and re-roll prepared sheets of clay . This creates broken edges and areas which are stretched and stressed, generating their own feeling of history. Slips, which are painted, combed, sponge printed and stencilled provide contrasting colours and these are emphasised by applications of up to six glazes and the firing in the reduction atmosphere of a large gas kiln.
Commissions often give me the chance to relate to particular locations, events and people, with an inevitable review of ones own place within the context of human activity. A challenge is enjoyed."
Active in Ceramic Groups, he is an Elected Fellow and has served as a council member for the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain. He has also been Chair of the Northern Potters Association, guest lecturer at many art colleges, demonstrator and Master of Ceremonies at the International Festivals of Ceramics at Aberystwyth, Wales. He is part time Senior Lecturer at Leeds University College, Bretton Hall. Set up Studio and home in Yorkshire, England in 1973. Established Booth House Gallery as an exhibition/sales outlet for contemporary ceramics work in 1975.
Robison's website at www.jimrobison.co.uk