Derek Wilson is a Belfast based ceramicist who focuses on making a diverse range of contemporary objects from the functional to the sculptural. Although his practice always starts with his predominant tool of the potter’s wheel, his work is never fixed, with a mix of contemporary ceramics and conceptual art.
Blending abstraction with the familiar, the pieces reference restraint, containment and minimalism. His search for simplicity draws inspiration from diverse subjects such as mid-century British Constructivism to the history of ceramics in Asia. Using celadon glazed porcelain and stoneware, his pieces tend to placard in groupings - an attempt to evoke ideas of community and sociability.
Keeping the fundamental idea that his work is made to be used in everyday life his aim is to push the boundaries of traditional practice and art forms by playing with aesthetics, material and process.