The potential austerity of simply surfaced saltglaze allows potters to consider the ramifications of form, aided by the quiet variations of texture that firing with salt can offer. Jeremy Nichols is a purveyor of inventive and intriguing reinterpretations of familiar shapes; ink-blue teapots, coffee pots, jugs, mugs and other table pieces that give a renewed pleasure to everyday function. These pieces, often with quirky echoes of the human figure, have great personality with their open handles and assertive spouts, conical lids and other idiosyncratic details that give his pots remarkable spring. They have been much influenced by structures in aviation, modern architecture and other aspects of contemporary design. Himself trained in aeronautical engineering and latterly in social work, he went on to attend the Workshop Ceramics degree course at Harrow (University of Westminster). After graduation in 1997 he set up his present workshop at Baas Farm Studios at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire. Jeremy is one of a number of contemporary makers who has extended the vocabulary of thrown and altered tableware.