Craig studied 3D design Ceramics at university, before moving into secondary education to teach Art. He taught in a successful department and later became Head of the Art Department.
The calling of clay was too strong, and when the opportunity arose Craig built his own studio to get back to his first love of ceramics. He now makes full time and teaches throwing courses from his studio in Frome.
Craig’s ceramic pieces are all wheel-thrown stoneware, and fired in an electric kiln. He produces both functional and sculptural bodies of work, all decorated with layered glazes.
By layering the glazes he aims to achieve subtle, elegant textural surfaces that are tactile as well as being harmoniously married to the range of forms created.
Experimentation is very important in the development of Craig’s thrown forms. He has taken time to explore how far the clay will stretch and hold. He enjoys being able to control the clay, and manipulate the final form by using changes in pressure.
The interaction between the sea and the land has been a major inspiration for colours, textures and form in his most recent work. The hues and tones captured in the sea; the sand; on pebbles, and in the rock formations have all influenced the palette Craig has used in his work.
He also looks to the movement of the water as the sea rolls onto the beach, or crashes on the rocks, when applying his glazes to his final forms: many of his pieces are decorated to emulate seascapes or landscapes.