Tony Laverick has been a professional ceramic artist for more than 25 years. After completing his studies he set up his studio in the Staffordshire Moorlands and worked in the ceramic industry in Stoke on Trent. For part of that time he was a designer for Coalport China. This background gives Laverick a broad appreciation of ceramics and techniques. He is interested in the art-ware produced by Royal Doulton in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and French potters such as Clement Massier. Influences from outside the ceramic world include Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian, Nicholson, Brancusi, Rodchenko and the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright to name a few.
There is a combination of human judgement and technique that Laverick finds exciting and rewarding. He uses the surface of the pot as a painter uses a canvas. Controlled, linear designs are juxtaposed with looser, more painterly areas. He believes that the medium of ceramics makes the ‘paintings’ he creates more accessible.
“To stand in front of a painting and admire it is one thing. But, I feel that to be able to hold a piece of art in your hands, feel the surface and the weight of it adds another dimension to the experience. It provides a connection with the artist whose hands will have created and also held that piece”