Tony Laverick’s luminous pots, made in black and translucent porcelain, combine fields of vivid and more austere colours, geometric precision of line with freer decoration. Their often complex geometry adds life and movement to form, the different colours often overlaid to give a sense of depth and synergy. Laverick is well versed in ceramic vocabulary and technique. Born in Sunderland, he trained in ceramics at Preston Polytechnic in the early 1980s, before designing for industry in Stoke-on-Trent (working for both Wedgwood and Coalport). Living and working in Leek, Staffordshire, for over 25 years, he takes much of his inspiration from the art pottery of late Victorian and Edwardian England, alongside comparable work in France. His bowls and vases possess many of the same iridescent qualities, but are informed too by modern abstraction in painting and sculpture, from Malevich to Brancusi, as well of course as his own sharp visual eye.
by David Whiting