Nick Rees, master potter works at Muchelney Pottery with John Leach and has been his right hand man since 1972. The continuing success of the Muchelney classic range owes much to Nick's deft hand, critical eye and skills in managing the firing of the three-chambered, wood fired kiln.
Over the years, Nick has gradually developed and refined a style of his own. These pots (bottles and vases) share the Leach tradition; reinterpreted with subtle alterations, segmented, flattened or curved to accentuate the form, they have their own character and ethos - soft and refined.
Since his election as a professional Member of the Craft Potters Association in 1995 his work has been exhibited in many galleries in the South of England and in 1998 he was made a Fellow of the CPA.
In wood-firing, the flames are the decorator. A process where clay and wood, pot and fire fuse together. This style of firing demands control rather than chance, requiring great skill and concentration. An intimacy in the stoking is produced with experience and a skilful eye, the result being a firing which is as much "hands on" as the making of the pot.
A river of flames flows over the surface of the pots, individually marking each pot with the curl of the flames's touch. Even the glazed surfaces are enriched through the firing process. The heat that is produced from the flames touch and a deposit of fine ash from the consumed wood, tend to catch just one side of the pot, which in turn adds vibrance to the glaze finish.
Many of Nick Rees’ individual pots have subtle alteration, are segmented faceted or fluted to accentuate the form. Often gently spiralling around the pot, these alterations produce added movement and dimension to the pot's form.