Fellow of the Craft Potters Association
Derek was awarded a scholarship after leaving school to study at Accrington School of Art. It was here that he became proficient with brushwork techniques that would later place him in good stead for surface decorated ceramics. He progressed onto a pottery National Diploma at Burnley School of Art and then qualified for teaching at Leeds. Following National Service Derek worked with Bernard and David Leach at St Ives, Cornwall in 1954. By 1955 he progressed as a full-time lecturer at Longton School of Art which later became North Staffs Polytechnic. Notable students included Chris Carter, David and Margaret Frith and Geoffrey Swindell. Derek retired in 1985 to concentrate on making his own work as a professional potter. He is particularly remembered for his high fired domestic pieces with brushed work decoration and fluted celadon glazes.
Derek held his 75th birthday exhibition at our gallery in 2003.