Profile - Michael Pugh Pottery
Michael Pugh is a self taught potter, a child of the university of life.
Originally working in a very primitive situation, Michael dug wild clays and built and fired his kilns with wood. He now pots in a new studio using white stone ware clay, firing with gas and producing colourful decorative domestic ware.
His inspiration comes from the oceanic creatures and marine vegetation which he incorporates as designs in cobalts and copper. Another area of interest is the swamps and lagoons and he paints lotus, waterlilies, frogs, geckos often leaping with joy in the moonlight. The ever-present brush turkeys have presented him with a subject for brush work as they strut about reinventing the gardens around the studio.
Michael has worked in Japan and Bali and has gained much from these ancient cultures. The
glazes for the work are recipes inherited from China and Japan traditional potters. In 2008 he was invited to join the Khmer Ceramic Revival Conference in Siem Reap and visited the Angkor Temple complex, a great experience.
The pottery is high-fired to 1280/1300 Centigrade in his Buderim outdoor studio.