Norman Yap makes studio bowl, vase and bottle forms in either stoneware or porcelain. His forms are simple and rely on their size, choice of clay and embellishment for their identity. His pieces are wheel thrown, raw glazed and once fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere for bright celadons, bright blue green Jun and deep red Derek Emms copper red glazes. For his stoneware forms, Norman uses stained stoneware and matte feldspathic glazes in blue greens and tans. When fired, the exposed clay is toasty brown and the oxides in the clay bleed through the glazes to form swirls or bands of colour.
Norman is a writer and editor with London Potters News and sits on the council of London Potters as Vice Chair. He shows regularly in the UK and welcomes visits to his studio upon prior arrangement. Norman is also a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Both these organisations share the ethos of promoting and supporting excellence in British craft.
I throw stoneware or porcelain studio bowl, bottle and vase forms and also a small range of domestic ware. My work is starkly simple in form but complex in colour and texture. The thrown vessel provides many opportunities for me to explore the choice of glaze and/or surface texture which have to complement the vessel and provide a visually exciting or pleasing result.
In terms of inspiration, I look to modern British architecture, sculpture, modern studio pottery and fashion, especially that of Vivienne Westwood. I exhibit frequently and greatly profit from the exposure to other British makers and their exciting work. My aesthetic is grounded in British and European design and my technique is rooted in British pottery.
I sit as a council member on London Potters as editor of LP News and Vice Chair.