About Paul Haigh
The methods I choose to use in my work are, in part, an attempt to lose some control. My formal education and career as a PhD chemist comes in handy in formulating glazes and problem solving, but I needed to push myself outside of the regular and predictable path to make my work come alive.
Wood firing adds an organic dimension to pieces, as the ash melts onto pots in a less predictable way. The effects that I get further inspire textures and shapes that take advantage of this effect.
In addition to old Japanese and American pottery, influences include the horror and sci-fi genres. I enjoy both the connection made with someone using functional pottery, as well as the surprise that I can elicit with more sculptural pieces.
I make all of my work from my log home in New Hampshire, where I live with my amazing wife and three ludicrous little dogs. Everything is fired in my home-built wood kiln out back near our woods.