Laurence McGowan makes wheel-thrown functional work. Pieces include vases, jugs, bowls, dishes. He uses traditional Majolica brushwork techniques. Stain and oxide mixtures are painted on zirconium opacified Cornish stone glazes which are fired to 1260. The decoration is inspired by plant and animal forms and is applied both to enhance the form and also to reflect something of the exuberance of nature. Interests relating to the work include lettering/calligraphy, the Arts and Crafts Movement and the decorative arts of the Islamic World.