I started ceramics in early 2019 and really enjoyed learning about clay, the many and various approaches to creating pots and particularly the “black art” of glazing! I handbuild all my pottery, which makes every piece unique and, during lockdown, I worked two or three times a week with a great friend (via FaceTime), developing our very different styles, it was fun and kept us both sane during some very difficult times.
I now have my own studio (and kiln) which allows me to experiment with new techniques especially in the sometimes (often…) unpredictable art of glazing. I have sold several items and have recently accepted commissions to build bespoke pots such as the two ‘Pagoda’ T-light holders in my profile picture.
A friend mentioned when I first started my journey, “A great glaze can transform a fairly average pot into a thing of beauty….!”. Thanks Helen for that insight and for the inspiration you provided to an aspiring artist.
Reflecting on the last three years of ceramics I continue to enjoy making something attractive from a featureless lump of clay, taking inspiration from nature to create a wide range of original pots from the purely decorative to more usable items, jugs bowls mugs vases etc. I’ve also developed a number of “layered” glazes, using different firing patterns to create quite dramatic visual effects. Please do browse through the pictures of some of my pots if you have a few minutes.
But what about you, why have you clicked on the Yorkshire Art website, do you also love ceramics or other forms of art? It would be great to hear from you to chat about ceramics, or art more generally, and I would also really appreciate your feedback on my work.