Paul Jenkins - Raku

Paul Jenkins was born in the West Midlands and started his career in art in the early ‘70's sculpting in wood, clay and wax.

He then went on to study ceramics at Dudley College of Art and worked as a commercial designer for various companies around the world including the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Paul has sculpted several pieces for the National Trust. His Inspirations come from his love of nature, especially animals. Many of his pieces are inspired from direct observations of wild animals in their natural habitat.

Paul's ceramics are created using a method called raku which literally means 'happiness through chance'. Sculptures are fired in the kiln at 950 degrees Celsius and the surface of the piece becomes carbonised before being washed in cold water. This rapid cooling causes the glaze to crack and the carbon is trapped in these cracks highlighting and enhancing them.

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