As chair of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain (serving four terms from 1991), a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, and director in 1999 of the Festival of International Ceramics (among various other appointments), Rogers took part in the global potting community with vigour. Rogers' work is held in the collections of more than 50 museums worldwide, concluding the V&A, the British Museum, the National Museum of Wales, and the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art in Mono, Japan.
The earliest ash glazed pottery came about by accident. As the ancient Chinese were firing their pottery, wood ash from the fire was carried through the kiln on the hot draught and then settled on the pots where the searing white heat melted it to a glass. Three thousand years later wood ash remains an important feature of pottery glaze making.
In this book, Phil Rogers first sketches the history of ash glazes. He then discusses the practicalities of collection and testing wood ashes, making them into glazes. He also looks at the work of some of the leading potters whose work is typified by their use of wood ash glazes and the different qualities they achieve. I've listed some other books which may be of interest.
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