Essex Tyler was born in Cornwall in 1973. He studied at the Penwith School of Art and at Falmouth College of Art. He spent a decade as a deep-sea fisherman before gaining inspiration from a course in Raku pottery held at the Tate Gallery in St Ives. This, and growing up surrounded by artists, potters and craftsmen led him to set up a studio in Newlyn to produce his own work. He now lives in Mousehole and can often be seen working en plein air in the narrow streets of the town.
Essex’s work relects his deep affection for the sea and the coastline of his native county. Cool blues and greens mirror the views from his studio window, looking across towards the Lizard. The texture of the surface contrasts with the smooth cracked glaze. The earthy simplicity of the work recalls the unspoiled beauty of Essex’s local environment. The intensity of the colour of the glaze and the unpredictability of the Raku process reflect the often strikingly rugged beauty of the Cornish coast.
Essex’s ceramics have been exhibited in Cornwall, London, and throughout the UK.
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