Based in his central Salisbury studio, Steve Neville is following in his father’s footsteps – a lecturer and potter at what was the Teacher’s Training College of Sarum St. Michael, part of which is now the Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum.
Drawing on his engineering and fine art background Steve is refining his personal vision of ceramics. While continuing to develop his throwing technique, he brings a refreshingly straightforward approach to his ceramic work which results in elegantly pleasing forms that push the boundaries of utility by making delicate, finely balanced work that defies gravity and use.
Steve uses simple partial glazes to give his porcelain and stoneware subtle hints of colour and design.
”I think my work has an oriental feel to it and I do enjoy looking at some of the finer Japanese and Chinese bowls with their glaze combinations. Having the gas kiln so I can reproduce the copper red glaze “sang de boeuf”, flambé or oxblood, a glaze of great antiquity and a closely guarded Chinese secret for many years. During the past 10 years I have refined my throwing technique keeping the vessels simple, focusing on shape, relief and simple glaze combinations. I want there to be confusion between the cast shadow and base of the larger vessels to give a lightness and an impression of floating.”