Stewart Charles Rankin is a Devon ceramic artist who is passionate about his art form and enjoys experimenting with a variety of glazes.
Mostly he works on the potter’s wheel throwing stoneware and porcelain.He is intrigued with the process of airbrushing layers of glazing with a small colour palette to create a unique surface decoration with geometric shapes reminiscent of an Art Deco style. However, his influences are wide and varied.From Korean clay, moon jars, topography lines of Dartmoor,to Jackson Pollock’s energetic action painting, pouring and dripping paint on canvas – Stewart is continually adapting and experimenting to produce a similar technique on his surface decoration.
Stewart’s intuitive response to colour and form allows for the use of different tools for mark-making in between layers, of which, there may be multiple layers. The final product is not realised until the kiln is finally opened.
It is a time consuming process, hours of experimentation, years of experience and a tremendous amount of skill. Three layers of clear glaze are then applied.