In 2004, the acclaimed potter Neil Tregear moved his studio to Niton, Isle of Wight. His stunning body of new work is his response to the unparalleled beauty of his new environment.
'The pot is the man, his virtues and vices are shown therein - no disguise is possible' Bernard Leach.
My skill as a particularly accurate thrower acquired during an intensive throwing apprenticeship in the porcelain workshops of Kyoto, Japan has always been much in demand. This demand has taken me into numerous collaborations and resulted in me producing over a period of years, literally, hundreds of thousands of pots.
Over the last two years there has been a dramatic change in my work. I have chosen to stay within my discipline the potter's wheel but to use my skill to follow a very personal developmental journey. A journey where thought and experimentation play as larger role as the production process itself.
Since moving to the island I have spent hundreds of hour's offshore sailing and racing, night and day, winter and summer. The intense beauty I have experienced is absorbed deep within me and has initiated a seemingly unstoppable creative energy. Water and air, liquid and gas, and the interplay between their colours and movement, are the essential ingredients from which I draw my inspiration.
My current work is very much influenced and inspired by my environment. Niton is on the rocky and wild South coast of the Isle of Wight. I work in stoneware, porcelain and earthenware.