Welcome to my website. I am Leo Dashwood, a potter based in the New Forest, Hampshire, specialising in the ancient art of Raku.

The truly ancient Japanese art of Raku is known to date back to the 16th century, traditionally crafted by hand and not thrown on a potter’s wheel. Considered one of the most demanding practices within the field of ceramics, every piece is individually hand crafted and bears it’s own unique form and colours with the use of chemical and non chemical glazes.

All my life I have felt the desire to pursue creative outlets, firstly knife making, then guitar and furniture design. But it was when I saw a ceramic vessel by the ceramist John Ward that I realised where my true passion lay. With the beautiful dangerous and unpredictable world of Raku.

I hope you enjoy my work available to view from this website. Please do contact me if you are interested in more information.

Visits more than welcome by appointment without any obligation.