Phil Arthur is a potter based in North Norfolk specialising in terracotta slip decorated bird jugs. Having been a production wheel thrower, making functional domestic ware, Phil has become increasingly interested in the freedom and scope of the hand-building techniques. Phil has developed a line of bird and animal form pots using thrown shapes as the basis for altering and constructing. The bird forms are inspired by, and follow in the tradition of 17th century English slipware owl jugs but have been taken a step further, allowing influence of Pre-Colombian vessels and the pots of Piccasso. Each lidded jug is assembled from individual wheel-thrown and altered pieces. They are made in terracotta clay, slip painted and decorated with scraffitto.