A collection of sketches and compositions used as part of the creative process.

Looking for a place to begin, I wrote a note in a sketchbook. It was an instruction which simply said just make the pots that you want to make. In the end, it comes back to basics and what I feel are the essential things about my work. Primarily I know it is to do with function although not necessarily about utility and usefulness. Secondly I question its place in the world.
— Jack Doherty

Skelf Installation

The word Skelf comes from my childhood. Meaning a tall thin person or a splinter, these standing forms reflect my interest in the figurative qualities of ceramic vessels.

The surface marks and colours reveal the relationship of the forms and the interplay of fire and soda in the intense heat and volatile atmosphere of the kiln.



For Jack Doherty the kiln is both a tool and a creative environment. A potter makes vessels with an understanding of space and plays with the relationships between interior and exterior form.

The group of Harbouring Vessels considers a group of objects and how they have been positioned to interact within the physical parameters of the kiln.