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Anna Tatler

by Alex R on 30th January 2016 Comments Off on Anna Tatler

Anna Tatler

I am so pleased to have found this wonderful welcoming place to support my need for a creative outlet away from the day job.

Since loitering at lunchtime in the school art room 30 years ago I’ve wanted to return to pottery, to try again to throw pots on a wheel.

My current quest is to make the perfect mug. Big enough for my morning tea, not so heavy you could knock someone out with it, balanced in the hand and beautiful to look at. This may take me several years! In the meantime I’m making bowls for loose change and pots to hold pens.

I’m concentrating on stoneware as I want to make functional pots to eat and drink from. Glazing is a challenge, but one that I’m more than happy to experiment with whilst the excitement of cracking open the kiln door continues.

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Debbie Johnson

by Claywirks on 24th July 2017 Comments Off on Debbie Johnson

Debbie Johnson

In 1977 I enrolled on a B.Ed degree course at, what was then, Nene College, Northampton. I chose to study pottery as one of my options and it was in these classes that my love of hand-building began.

At college I became known as ‘the sheep lady’ and enjoyed using the beauty of the countryside and some of its livestock as a focus. The work of Samuel Palmer was also inspirational.

My career as a teacher of children with special needs lasted 36 years. Now, in semi-retirement, I am fortunate to have found Claywirks and am able to rekindle my joy of moulding and shaping this wonderful natural material … clay.

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Louise Dunning

by Alex R on 11th August 2015 Comments Off on Louise Dunning

Louise Dunning

Louise Dunning’s colourful, abstract designs are partly inspired by the Derbyshire landscape.

She is particularly influenced by the footpaths, bridle paths and tracks that have been created over time and through continuous use.  She is also inspired by the plough and furrow lines, hedges, field edges and woods that are created and managed in the countryside.

Using aerial images or memory to map some of her favourite walks, she scores these lines directly onto the clay, mirroring the landscape but producing colourful, abstract designs.

Louise has also recently been producing one-off commissions based on a person’s favourite landscape, walk or run. Please get in touch with her via Claywirks if you are interested in commissioning a tailor made piece.

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Pauline Wright

by Alex R on 28th May 2016 Comments Off on Pauline Wright

Pauline Wright

Enthusiastic potter in early stages of development!

I am a semi retired teacher and joined ClayWirks in April. I first threw a pot over 40 years ago but have just dabbled with clay throughout  my teaching career (lots of thumb and slab pots) and a little bit of sculpture.

After doing an evening class and getting frustrated about the limited time I could spend on the wheel I am now enjoying being able to potter several times a week.

I would like to be able to throw good pots consistently (at the moment there is a large element of surprise in the finished results) so I can throw the same shape twice!

Glazing -ah there’s another area to develop. My results have been mixed. It is interesting and slightly frustrating to discover that  the same glaze may end up two different colours on the inside and outside of the pot. Lots more experiments to do.

After a recent cycling trip I am inspired by the colours of the Hebridean landscapes and would like to incorporate them into my future pieces.

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Rosemary Rennie

by Alex R on 13th August 2015 Comments Off on Rosemary Rennie

Rosemary Rennie

A recently retired architect, Rosemary Rennie has returned to pottery after a 45 year break!

Having made a variety of hand built pots in the past, she now is learning to throw on a wheel and experimenting with glazes. If she is successful, she aims to make domestic stoneware.

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Susan Olumide

by Claywirks on 9th June 2016 Comments Off on Susan Olumide

Susan Olumide

Ceramics Inspired by Ancient Trees and Prehistoric Art

My work is inspired by looking at our landscape, from the strange and mystical stones and symbols of the prehistoric to the magical monsters and beasts of the Saxon age. I love to get out into the country to see and feel the connection of the stones with the land visiting mysterious prehistoric sites and looking at ancient art.

I enjoy seeking out Britain’s primeval trees. These fantastic forms and textures in nature lead me to an abstract world, which is where my work evolves from.

My work is also influenced by the amazing shapes of fossils and patterns of sea creatures.

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Tracey Holt Walkden

by Alex R on 13th August 2015 Comments Off on Tracey Holt Walkden

Tracey Holt Walkden

After 20 years curating exhibitions, Tracey began investing her creative energy in clay.

Inspired by Delftware she has been experimenting with cobalt and figurative detail to emulate pots from the C17th. More recently she has been playing with layers of glaze and lustres to create less controlled finishes.

To balance her work on the wheel she also feels the clay by creating egg and seed-like forms. These have no purpose other than the pleasure of the touch and are initially finished to a marble-like state by burnishing.

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Susie Botting

by Alex R on 13th August 2015 Comments Off on Susie Botting

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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