Susie Botting

I have vivid memories of childhood holidays staying with very good friends of my parents in Shanagarry Pottery in the west of Ireland where I first learned to make coiled earthenware snails and how exciting it was to feel the clay and to see the finished product coming out of the kiln.

That excitement with clay and its versatility has never left me and I continue to explore its diversity many years later.

I studied Studio Pottery at Harrow under Jerome Abbo – it was an intensive 2 years of study and geared towards setting up as a Potter making thrown domestic ware.

After Harrow I worked for a short while as an apprentice first at Aldermaston Pottery making Majolica ware as part of a large team and then for Mary Wondrush making English slipware before setting up my own workshop in Cambridge.

Many years later I found myself using clay again whilst training to be an Art Therapist in a very different context- and finding that through handbuilding with clay, I could reflect the intense emotions of the client group that I was working with at the time. This too was both exciting and challenging as I worked intuitively- never sure what I was going to end up with.

Now I am exploring again. At present I am working with porcelain, handbuilding and throwing. I want to use lustres on a white base glaze.

My main aim is to make fine utility ware that is not just ornamental but is a pleasure to hold, is well handcrafted and expressive.

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