In the studio with Mike Oakes

Last week I mentioned that Mike had been round to take some photos of me and my Dad working in the studio.

Surprisingly there aren’t that many pictures of my Dad and I together, he’s usually the one behind the camera rather than in front of it. Secretly I think he’s a bit shy!

Throwing pottery

Its great to have such lovely photos of the two of us working, perhaps more importantly to have a snapshot of ourselves as an heirloom for the future. I also never realised quite how much I look like my Dad, especially when I’m throwing!

These images will appear in the Autumn edition of UK Handmade as part of their feature and interviews on generational crafting. It’s a subject I actually feel quite passionate about knowing so many older potters who have no-one in their family to pass their knowledge on to.

Mike largely works in and around the North Yorkshire area so it was great for him to take the time out to come see us. You can find out more about him and his work here –

4 thoughts on “In the studio with Mike Oakes

  1. Victoria says:

    It’s not always easy working with your Dad but it is satisfying, of course hes got loads of experience and ‘wisdom’ to generally impart! ha ha : )

  2. Victoria says:

    I do this thing when I’m concentrating where I stick my tongue out when I’m throwing, my dad does it too : o

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