Joseph Ludkin uses a lot of found and donated materials in his work; he digs local clays and collects river silt for the clay body and slip mixes and uses ash created from local sources such as trees, shrubs and plants to make the majority of his glazes or glaze additions. Joseph feels that this ‘homemade’ approach brings him closer to the work he produces and creates a narrative discussing the relationships between objects, materials, people and places.
Combining local materials with borrowed aesthetics and making techniques from a wide range of stimuli ensures that Joseph’s work resonates with issues surrounding Identity, borders, boundaries, cross cultural design, cultural ownership/cultural appropriation and globalisation.
After graduating with BA and MA in Design from Goldsmiths College, Joseph reaffirmed his passion for the process of making while working on handmade prototypes as a designer in Holland.
Now based back in the UK, Joseph was introduced to pottery three years ago when he was bought a series of lessons as a surprise present. It was his ‘eureka moment’ - clay was the vehicle he was looking for. Pottery and ceramic art became his obsession, passion and now his living.
Although a relative new comer to ceramics and pottery, Joseph come from potting stock; His grandfather was a professional potter, starting the Holkham Hall Pottery in Norfolk and was a founding member of the Craft Potters association. He was also the head of Ceramics and Pottery at Kings Lynn technical college and Joseph further follows in his footsteps as, as well as working in ceramics, he is also a lecturer and tutor at Goldsmiths College, University of London.