The pots made by John Ferdinando are all hand built using the coiling technique, which is a very flexible method of creating the large forms that he makes. During the day he runs a small architectural practice and his eye in creating sculptural forms influences his pot design.
Handbuilt, burnished and smoked
John uses the very traditional African technique of burnishing the finished forms. After firing in a gas kiln, the pots are given a slow second firing in bins of sawdust with restricted airflow to achieve the varied patterns by smoking. No two pots can ever be the same.
At present John's forms are carved at the leather hard stage to create the illusion of flowing larva or of a large ripe fruit splitting open. One can almost imagine the dark hidden seeds within.