Clare Wakefield For more than thirty years I have been designing and making in clay. I have experimented with various clays during this time and in the last five years explored working solely with porcelain. I have always pushed boundaries with clay and have worked through the challenges porcelain can present with rewarding successes. My work aims to push past perceived limitations to discover movement and translucency in waves, with the sea ever evident yet encompassing an eclectic mix of observations of both our natural and man-made environment.
Richard Baxter lives and works in Leigh on Sea, UK. Richard is a well known British potter producing highly individual and collectable ceramic art. From stylishly functional domestic earthenware pottery to beautifully fluid porcelain bowls and unique ceramic design inspired by waves and strata. Richard is a prolific artist, developing ceramic artwork in a number of fascinating areas. Some are practical and durable for day to day living, whilst other works are one off unique pieces.
Richard Wilson lives and works in Dorset, UK. He was born and brought up in Norwich, and has been making pots since the early 1970s. After studying for two years at Great Yarmouth College of Art, he worked from 1974 to 1980 at Le Dieu Pottery in Norwich before spending 3 years in Australia and New Zealand, and a further five in Germany, working with many potters using different techniques, in particular woodfired saltglazes.
Andrew Temple Smith lives and works in Bath, UK. Andrew creates minimalist ceramic forms that are contrasted by elements of spontaneity and chance. He works with porcelain and high fired stoneware and employs a colour palette from pure white through to vivid primary colours. He enjoys both the technical challenge of porcelain and the tactile quality of the finished surface. Andrew’s work is divided into a number of different series with each piece displaying unique forms and patternation.
Liz Collinson lives and works in Lancashire, UK. Since attending the Slade School of Art in the summer of 2008, I have been experimenting with colour, both in my oil paintings and my ceramics. In ceramics I mix a combination of just three stains to achieve all my colours but unlike oils, ceramic stains do not visually represent their true colour achieved after firing. Therefore my knowledge of pigment intensity and mix in oils helps enormously with my slip painting.
Katy O’Neil is based in Lancashire, UK. Katy O’Neil’s vessels are decorated with slips before being impressed with marks which are inspired by photographs taken whilst travelling extensively. I use splashes of colour to highlight the texture and mark making before firing to stoneware. Each piece is unique and is slab built with textured or chunky black clay and are, for me, a celebration of form, material and mark making. They will happily hold water if required.
Katie Braida lives and works in Scarbough, UK.Katie Braida uses hand-building techniques to create non functional work. Originally from Leicestershire she now lives and works in Scarborough and takes inspiration from the surrounding landscapes and seascapes, building on previous work. The pieces are coloured using a combination of oxides and underglaze colours which react differently to the different coloured clays that she uses.
Gavin Burnett lives and works in Scotland, UK. Fascinated by process and enhancing a technique, I have explored the traditional glass cutting technique ‘battuto’ to create a highly textured, tactile surface on porcelain forms. This cutting technique allows me to exploit the materials translucent nature seeing the interior colour illuminating the exterior. I work intensively and methodically, absorbing the processes through production. The faceted flowing forms are individually created though an almost intuitive mark making.
Julie Brunskill lives and works in Wales. My concern with climate change and the loss of natural habitat has led to my work focusing on the ‘edgelands’ – those areas where the urban and suburban overlap with the natural environment, both coastal and rural, and an often abandoned industrial landscape. The work has become increasingly about sense of place, time, absence, and dislocation in social, geographic and psychological terms.
Julia Roxburgh lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne. Julia Roxburgh’s career has taken her on an interesting path. Since graduating with a BA in ceramics from Bristol in 1984, she went on to work as a theatrical prop maker in London, working on well known productions such as ‘Cats’ and ‘Miss Saigon’. Her return to ceramics six years later brought with it all the fun, flamboyance and exuberance of the theatre which is still a major influence on her work today. Julia has been working as a professional potter since the early 1990’s using the influence of the theatre and circus in her designs.
Peter Wareing now works from his studio at home in Whithorn in the beautiful Machars area of Dumfries and Galloway. Peter produces mostly thrown forms some of which are based on classic Chinese pieces. He is continually refining the forms he makes emphasising the sculptural qualities inherent in each piece produced. The pots are then illustrated using a version of the ancient technique of tube lining along with washes of underglaze colours. This is similar to creating a pen and ink drawing but using ceramic materials.
Joan and Jack Hardie live and work in Cockermouth, Cumbria, UK. Joan and Jack Hardie use 3D printing to design and produce ceramics that cannot be made in any other way. Form is dominant in their designs, with inspiration drawn from nature. They work in both porcelain and glazed stoneware. Their home-made 3D printer extrudes very thin coils of soft clay and presses them down in layers, like a coil pot. The clay is prepared by hand. They use a 3D Computer Aided Design program to capture and develop an idea, which is turned into code for the printer.
Kelly Thiel lives and works in Oregon, USA. My sculptures show the story of my life. These narrative pieces are a physical representation of the issues and experiences I have as an artist and a mother. I use figurative and animistic forms to create these expressions; heart and soul are poured into each one. I use human and animal figures because they are so potent and versatile; I tend to think of them as my Power Animals, Storytellers, or even Guardians. While these recognisable forms can be so familiar to us, I use the anthropomorphic characteristics to express ideas, feelings, and concepts.
Clare Crouchman lives and works in Cambridgeshire, UK. Within her work Clare uses abstracted forms which offer reference to the landscape. She is fascinated by the shapes and asymmetrical forms found the natural world, particularly rhythmical and repetitive patterns. Her appreciation of nature is in the details, fragments that suggest the idea that nature is an orderly process in the chaos of the world. Finding order in the chaos is explored through the notions of linear systems and mathematical patterns whilst maintaining a visual language of reduced and economical form.
Tone von Krogh was born in Switzerland, but spent most of my childhood in Norway. My current collection of contemporary domestic Ceramics is strongly influenced by my impressions from the winter landscapes in Norway. When the snow covers trees, rocks, paths and architecture; any sharp edges become soft and everyday shapes may become unrecognisable. I have tried to bring the same feel to my work with a range of wavy vases and softly distorted beakers, bowls and bottles. The colour range is reflecting the many tones of snow and ice and winter skies.
George Ormerod lives and works in Newcastle, UK. I make hand thrown domestic and decorative porcelain and stoneware using rich glazes and vibrant patterns, producing beautiful and contemporary ceramics. I have been involved in making ceramics for a number of years and was able to set up my own pottery in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England, in 1991.
Penny Cooper lives and works in Newcastle, UK. I make playful ceramic pieces with a strong narrative element. The stories I seek to tell through my work draw strongly from my memories and happy childhood impressions of places, and also from my love of sewing and handcrafts. This can be seen in my 3 current ranges of work – “countryside” pots celebrating the British country as I remember it when small; “seaside” pots recalling many happy hours by the coast; and a “fabrics” range based on my love of textiles, their colours, patterns, and textures.
Hugh Penny lives and works in County Durham, UK. My pottery is intended to be used around the house – I make mugs, bowls, teacups, noodle bowls, teapots, salad bowls, and also make some purely decorative items. Most of my pottery is thrown on a wheel, but I make some handbuilt pottery as well. I mostly work in stoneware but I do make pieces in porcelain, and also earthenware, especially for pieces with decals (ceramic transfers) on.
Fiona FitzGerald lives and works in Norwich, UK. Fiona has generated a somewhat architectonic approach to ceramic form subsequent to her return from Africa in 2006. Coloured clays are layered, rolled out, stretched and scorched to create richly patterned and pitted surfaces. They are then at times ripped up and reassembled to create the final piece. The chaos of the frayed up patterns is set against a strong ordering form. However the textures tear it back from that tidiness.