38 THE MASTER POTTER PAUL MOSSMAN

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Un­likely as it may seem for a potter to get their big ca­reer break in a Cum­brian ser­vice sta­tion, that’s what hap­pened to Paul Mossman. He cred­its Te­bay Ser­vices – the UK’S only fam­ily-run ser­vice sta­tion, opened in the 1970s – with kick­start­ing his busi­ness. It was here that chef Si­mon Ro­gan first spot­ted Mossman’s ro­bust, beau­ti­fully or­ganic stoneware. The potter now sup­plies the restau­rant at Ro­gan’s pic­turesque river­side ho­tel L’en­clume, as well as Fera at Clar­idge’s and de­part­ment store Har­vey Ni­chols.

Mossman opened his stu­dio on the site of an old coalmine in Stave­ley, Ch­ester­field, in 1994. The speck­led glazes, ir­reg­u­lar shapes and rough edges char­ac­ter­is­tic of his work are in­flu­enced by ‘my beloved Der­byshire grit­stone edges [craggy cliffs] and Lake­land hills on frosty moon­lit walks’. He favours lo­cal ma­te­ri­als, per­son­al­is­ing his glazes with lime­stone from the Peak District, clay from nearby rivers and ash from his own kiln fires.

Paul takes com­mis­sions and, in his words, ‘if it can be eaten off or drunk from’, he’s ‘prob­a­bly made it’ (paul­moss­man pot­tery.co.uk).

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