Rob Hand

Rob Hand

Rob was born in Brierley Hill, West Midlands. On retiring from teaching in 2005 he set up his home studio and developed a range of ceramic work centred on pit-fired and raku-fired vessels. In addition, he makes a wide range of raku fired jewellery. He was elected an Associate member of the RBSA in 2012 and a full member in 2015. He has exhibited widely in galleries across the Midlands and participates regularly at Potfests in England and Scotland, selling to galleries and private collectors. His work reflects a connection and feel for clay and the environment from which inspiration is gathered. Rob is continually exploring form and initially works from sketches, photographs and found materials. The aim of his work is to produce beautiful objects that marry ideas, materials and process. All his work is hand built using coils or slabs of clay, which are then worked extensively to produce the desired final effect, which can range from highly polished pieces using porcelain and T-materials to rough textured work from heavily grogged clays. For many years Rob has hosted group firings at his home. This method of hand building suits Rob’s inclination for a studied approach, allowing a form to develop organically with adjustments being made where necessary. Rob works on several pots at a time enabling each to dry sufficiently for progress. The pleasure for Rob is in the construction and the combination of contemplation and execution. Clay allows Rob to develop his interest in form, texture and decoration, using fire as the transformative element.