I’m Rob Rutterford and specialise in ceramics. My home is Halesworth Suffolk, where I have  worked for over twenty years, teaching and producing stoneware, raku and domestic pottery.

I concentrate mainly on garden pieces, in both functional and abstract forms, aiming to create work which complements in colour and scale, a garden. My preference is to use textured stoneware clay because of its durability and natural colouring.

My inspiration comes from the natural world - from gardens, the nearby coast and historical references. I surround myself with resources to fire my imagination, various media, found objects and sketches. Once a form is complete, a single firing achieves the toasted appearance for which I am now renowned.

I'm always pleased to see my work 'at home' in natural surroundings which inspires me to develop new structures and ideas. As everything I create is hand built, no two pieces are ever the same. Over time they 'weather ' to form their own personality and character.

I enjoy the challenge of sculpting in a variety of locations and responding to different environments. There's a fascination in the process of 'making' - call it therapy, resolving ideas through doing!

I have exhibited all over East Anglia and beyond and am a founder member of the Association of Suffolk Art Teachers and work closely with local galleries.