Read the interview with Ceramicist Frazer Doyle
Frazer Doyle is a young ceramicist based in Dover who is working with us developing a souvenir for our CHALKUP21 project. Here, we chat with him about the project and his work so far. “Experimenting with materials in clay has become a passion for me, testing the boundaries of clay and waiting to see the outcomes after a kiln firing is really exciting.”
What are you most looking forward to about working on this project?
Mainly to work with other creative people and excited to have some of my work out in the public as well. It’s more of an artist-based project rather than a commercial project — and making those dishes and knowing that they can be a souvenir for people, that’s pretty exciting.
You make ‘small fortunes’ — how are they formed?
You take a small ball of porcelain. You use the pinch-pot technique, pinch around, leave them to dry, then fire them in the kiln to turn them to stone. I then use a clear glaze and locally-sourced beach glass at the bottom. At 800 celsius the glass starts to melt and then the powder (which is the glaze on the outside) you paint on. I’m also considering putting a small piece of chalk in there so that there’s a part of the white cliffs mixed into the small fortunes.
Is all of the beach glass from local beaches in Dover?
Yes, I’m going to have to go further afield now though to collect more. Possibly doing the whole CHALKUP21 walk. It’s all from the coastline of Kent. Oxides as well; I use things like iron to bring out more red colours. Black oxide, iron oxide. Some of them have a little look of the ocean, the small bluer ones, like a wave. When they crack, that’s when as the kiln starts to cool the ceramic stays as it is and the glass wants to shrink and cracks and fracture start to form.
Where did you develop your skills as an artist?
I was born in Dover, I went to Canterbury College for three years and completed a national diploma BTEC of art and design, as well as a foundation course. Then I went to Sunderland University to study glass and ceramics for 3 years. Now I’m back living in Dover and I’m getting involved in local projects as much as possible.
Where’s your favourite place in Dover?
The seaside is my favourite place. It’s not as well known for people to go on Shakespeare beach, but when we were kids we used to love going and looking at the rock pools.
I really like going to Cullins yard. They’ve got all sorts of bits of quirky artwork and it’s quite an interesting place to visit and interact with. Boho style, bits and pieces everywhere. A cast iron sculpture of a woman on a crank or lawnmower looking like a contraption that separates into pieces and then re-forms. There’s a metal dolphin riding a bicycle outside. It’s a nice place to visit in the summer and they have a nice garden outside.
To contact Frazer
firstname.lastname@example.org or Frazer Doyle artist & Ceramicist on facebook