Rob Sollis Ceramic Studio
I’m Rob Sollis and I've been a potter since being at school in Kent, where my love of clay began over 30 years ago. Aged only 18 I got an apprenticeship at Dartington Pottery Training Workshop in Devon - it was 1984. There I had 4 years of intensive training in clay firing and glazing processes and after that, accepted a job in Norway, production throwing for a potter who exported our biscuit-fired tableware. I soon became drawn to Raku firing techniques and am now a firmly established contemporary ceramicist and sell an individual range of hand-thrown tableware and Raku fired studio art pottery under my own name: Sollis, to shops, galleries and for private commissions. Visit my SHOP
I started specialising in Raku methods in 1990 after founding the now famous Fishacre Pottery in old farm buildings in Littlehempston near Totnes, Devon. I spent 14 great years there, fascinated by Raku firing: the technique of plunging red-hot pots from the kiln into sawdust, where the sudden bursts of smoke and flame create infinite variations of finish on the clay's surface.
My connection with Portugal began in 2005 when I purchased an ancient farmstead near Alto Alentejo, the perfect environment both for pottery and running ceramics courses for all levels. I could also pass on rural lifestyle skills to students, made possible by the diversity of rich farmland and surrounding olive groves.
All these observations and influences: traditional rural farming, old machinery, the aesthetics of Portuguese earthenware pottery - have seen me return to my roots as a production thrower, making domestic tableware fired to stoneware temperatures for strength and durability.
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Where to Buy my Pots
You can support local galleries and independent retail outlets by visiting places which display and sell my tableware, including ceramic serving bowls and oil bottles. There's my special maker showcase (alongside Bernard Leach's) at Dartington Hall's Welcome Centre opposite the Barn Cinema. Also find my pottery for sale at the new Dartington Shop at the Totnes Bookstore, High Street. For a wider range including Raku studio art pots visit the MAKER SouthWest craft shop, Bovey Tracy. Go check them out!
Portugal's Winter Olive Harvest:
I've been so lucky to go out to Portugal again this year and help the local farmers with the annual olive harvest - while hot and hard work, it's been worth it to produce so much pressed organic oil for my ceramic bottles which, now i'm back in the UK - are back on sale!
Buy now – from my Etsy Shop
Visit my Etsy Store and browse the SOLLIS range of homeware - functional handmade ceramics for your table and kitchen. These elegant and contemporary plates, bowls, rice + pasta pots and dishes are all hand-thrown and fired in my studios (Devon and Portugal). Find beautifully handcrafted tableware which will transform the everyday table into an exquisite setting for dining.
Newton Abbot, England