British, b 1978
Tom Payne has two principle sources of inspiration – the first is the human figure and the second, his growing interest in the Orient fuelled by frequent visits to Japan and Hong Kong. The primary method Tom uses to create his pieces is to cut back into and to build upon a solid clay core, using tools as if drawing in three dimensions. Finishing surface is supplied by oxides and firing techniques such as smoke and reduction firing in order to avoid covering the clay and its texture. In most cases detail is of less consequence than poise and personality in a piece. In many case interaction between the pieces is paramount.