Paul’s hand-built vessels are inspired by our interconnectedness with nature’s seasons and cycles. He is drawn to the vessel as a symbolic form echoing the built environment and to contrasting textures resulting from energetic forces of growth and decay which interact and transform the sense of order. Paul embraces contrasts of control and chance within the glazing process. The surface is rendered through brushed layers of slips and glazes reacting within oxidised firing processes. Selective volatile materials bring surface disruption through blistering, cratering and crawling. Glazing and firing processes are repeated until optimum depth and complexity of surface appears.