“These works to me
seemed to be survivors.
But not in a defeated sense,
more that they had emerged
from the ferocity which fire
and soda can impart combined,
with dignity, to create
absolutely bespoke forms
and surfaces.”

Michael Moore

University of Ulster






Jack has evolved his work using only one firing technique.
‘Soda firing’ is a process involving mixing sodium bicarbonate with water,
which is then sprayed into the kiln during firing at high temperature.
The resulting vapour is drawn through the kiln chamber where it reacts
with the silica and alumina present in the clay creating a rich patina of surface texture and colour.