About the artist:
Mike`s interest in art was stimulated at an early age through the enthusiasm of his father and uncle who were both good amateur artists. Although Mike`s academic background is in social science, his interest in art and ceramics was rekindled in 1975 when he undertook Teachers Workshop Classes in Ceramics at St Albans College of Art and Design under the direction of Hugh Spenlove. After a year he was thoroughly hooked and he continued his studies at Hertfordshire University. Together with his wife Lisbeth De La Cour, who is also a potter, he constructed a Pottery Workshop in the grounds of their house in St Albans.
Mike’s inspiration comes from the colourful sub-tropical beauty of the flora and fauna viewed against the sea and cliffs and fishing villages he frequently visits. He is influenced by the bright colours which can be achieved by the use of majolica glaze and decorates his bowls with vivid paintings of fruit, flowers, boats fish, and other images which express his love of the sea and countryside.
We are thrilled to show Mike’s exuberant and colourful ceramics in Marine House.