Mike Cain & dave harper

We're two artists with the same creative ethos, based around experimentation within the modernist tradition. Our studio is in Stoke on Trent, UK. 

Our ceramic work is based around traditional slab rolled slipware, and is often expressionist or abstract.. We sometimes use wood, metal or other found objects in the making of our ceramic pieces, which gives them a bold, raw or gritty look.

Besides our ceramic art we also paint, produce prints and make sculpture. 

 Mike Cain & Dave Harper. Photo: Alun Callender

Mike Cain & Dave Harper. Photo: Alun Callender

Ethos

Mike and Dave share the same creative direction, which is based around experimentation. 

Their studio is in Penkhull - part of Stoke-on-Trent - which has a long history of pottery making. 

They each produce their own work but share similar artistic values and support each other creatively. 

 Zephyrus - God of the West Wind. Large ceramic plate by Mike Cain

Zephyrus - God of the West Wind. Large ceramic plate by Mike Cain

Mike Cain

Mike was born in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire in 1941. He first studied at the Burslem school of Art under Arthur Berry and completed a degree in Fine Art at Coventry Polytechnic. He first exhibited at the end of the 1960s and his work has ranged from styalised realism to abstract expressionism. 

 Yellow Square. 35cm ceramic bowl by Dave Harper

Yellow Square. 35cm ceramic bowl by Dave Harper

Dave Harper

Dave grew up in a small village on the Derbyshire - Staffordshire border. He went to art school in Derby and completed his degree at North Staffordshire Polytechnic in Stoke on Trent. The changing industrial scene and the landscape of the Derbyshire dales and Peak District are long term creative influences.