arc Fraser has been making pots for 25 years. On completing a 3 year ceramics course at Preston Polytechnic (as it was then known), he was equipped with the skills and enthusiasm to establish his own studio. Touring Italy and Spain for a few months re-ignited his passion for honest hand-thrown functional pottery, typical of the Mediterranean. Having renovated a near-derelict cottage, helping with the re-thatching and designing a new well-lit timber-framed studio, North Marston Pottery began producing pots which can be used and enjoyed.
Marc’s pots are thrown in stoneware clay from Stoke-on-Trent. This is ideal for tableware due to it’s high-firing capability and robust qualities. Marc mixes his own glazes achieving his distinct colours with the oxides of cobalt and copper. His technique of dipping the pots in multiple glazes gives a subtle layered effect. Slips (liquid clays) add to the intensity of the colour and wax resist is applied between the layers of glaze, creating the appearance of watery landscapes. Coastal images are evident in the finished work and this is where Marc’s inspiration is drawn from. Despite living inland at the point that is furthest from the sea, Marc makes numerous trips every year to the seaside, taking in the seascapes, kayaking and delivering work to coastal galleries.
Marc refers to his glazes as ‘Midnight Blue’, ‘Copper Green’, ‘Matt Turquoise’, ‘Celadon’ and ‘Tenmoku’. Each piece is a work of art in it’s own right, with the slight variations in size, shape and colour to be expected of pottery that is hand-crafted. This means that you can buy a one-off pot or happily make a collection of them for the table!
Commissions are welcome. If you have a particular shape, size or function in mind, Marc can throw a bespoke pot and also add lettering to commemorative pieces. Birthdays, weddings, christenings and anniversaries are all possibilities.
Visits to the Pottery are welcome, but please telephone ahead or contact us to check Marc is in the studio.
In North Marston there is a great pub (The Pilgrim), a terrific little community shop. For the history buffs, going back 800 years the village was an important place of pilgrimage – up there with Canterbury! In addition, Waddesdon Manor, Ascott House and Claydon House (all National Trust) are within 20 minutes from the Pottery.
It’s easy to make a trip to the pottery an enjoyable and interesting day out for all.