Paul Jackson's thrown and altered and vividly painted pots came to prominence 1980s with the general return to more colourful tablewares. This has been combined with a resourceful manipulation of familiar domestic forms such as cylinders and jugs. The work has in shape and surface drawing a strongly Mediterranean quality, with exuberant contemporary echoes of, for example, Ancient Cretan and Cycladic pots, along with a Fauve-like, mostly abstract sense of decoration and colour. Some of his freer earlier pieces had echoes of David Garland's work.
Jackson trained at Harrow in the mid 1970s, and after a period in London he moved to Cornwall in 1979, his pieces expressive too of the rich strong light of the far South-West. They also recall some of the more baroque and flamboyant ceramics of the 18th and 19th centuries.