Andrew graduated in Ceramics from the Epsom School of Art and Design in 1984. He worked with the
slipware potter Mary Wondrausch, and then for 9 years with the team of potters led by Alan Caiger-Smith at the
Aldermaston Pottery in Berkshire. He learned the technique of tin glaze
earthenware and reduction fired lustre, making and painting Aldermaston
Aldermaston Pottery closed in 1993 and Andrew, continuing to work with Alan Caiger-Smith until 2006, established
the Yarnton Pottery in Oxfordshire.
oxide has been used as a whitener in glazes since 9th century Persia
and lustreware also has its roots in this period. These two techniques
travelled through Spain and the rest of Europe becoming popular in
England around the 18th century.
Andrew fires a gas and electric kiln with a glaze temperature of 1080 degrees centigrade. He uses a blend of Italian Duruta and a Spencroft clay, and paints the oxides onto the tin glaze in the maiolica tradition.
Andrew is now also producing reduction fired lustreware. Using silver and copper paste this technique needs a reduction of oxygen during the firing to create the iridescent surface.