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Rachael Pinks

by Pauline Wright on 22nd March 2021 Comments Off on Rachael Pinks

I’ve wanted to learn to throw on the wheel for many years.

I was fortunate enough to acquire a potter’s wheel several years ago. I had several lessons and have since enjoyed throwing with my limited knowledge.

I was over the moon when a place became available and I joined Claywirks in October 2020.

                     Lockdown has halted my progress recently and I’m looking forward to getting back on the wheel soon. I’ve lots still to learn including glazing and how to use the kilns.

 

                                                                    

 

 

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Seni Seneviratne

by Pauline Wright on 22nd March 2021 Comments Off on Seni Seneviratne
     

I started working with clay in 2008 when I attended a class on Life Sculpture with Karin Hessenberg.  I had known for a long time that I wanted to work with clay but never actually signed up to a class.  Since that first introduction I have never stopped finding opportunities to have my hands in clay and learn new skills in hand building and sculptural work.

 

I spent some time in Cape Town where I attended classes with the artist Katherine Glenday working mainly with porcelain.  In Sheffield I attended Brian Holland’s workshop sessions and began to learn more about glazing techniques. I mainly work with stoneware and raw oxides. 

                                                   

I am very pleased to have joined Claywirks in 2020.

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Sarah Barlow

by Pauline Wright on 22nd March 2021 Comments Off on Sarah Barlow

After taking an O Level in pottery nearly 40 years ago I had not had my hands on clay in many decades. I took a short course and discovered that like riding a bike you don’t forget!

I have had a few sessions on the wheel at Claywirks but lockdown and then work commitments have curtailed my visits dramatically.

Being stuck in Derby I tried my hand at sculpting some simple animal figures and found that I very much enjoy this side too. I have a yearning to own alpacas so this where I started. 

I am also experimenting with figures of domestic and indigenous animals.

I will be putting some effort into more work on the wheel and with glazes as soon as we are able to travel more freely again.

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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

I studied pottery as part of my B. Ed degree at Nene College, Northampton and then went on to teach children with special needs in a variety of settings for 36 years. In 2016 I took early retirement and joined Claywirks.


At college I focused on hand-building and used the work of Samuel Palmer

as inspiration for creating landscapes with sheep nestling beneath the trees.


I continue to enjoy hand-building and now create a range of unique animals

using a simple pinch pot as a starting point and a variety of ornamental trees..

             

                                                           

                                     

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Louise Dunning

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

Louise Dunning

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I learnt to pot at night school but when I finished there was nowhere to practice until I heard of a meeting in Wirksworth to discuss setting up a shared pottery studio. I became one of the founding members of Claywirks in 2015, when we discovered the studio space that we still rent today.

I started off hand building pottery but then after some time was attracted to the magic of the wheel. I had a few lessons with my Dad who has potted and with a few other people and gradually I have been improving, through repeated practice.

I try to create simple, satisfying shapes with scored lines and decorated in just a few of my favourite colours. I want my pots to be functional but also pleasing to the eye and the hand.

I use brush on glazes as I’m not brave enough to mix my own glazes yet. I have been experimenting with marbling or mixing clay. I also throw with green, blue and white earthenware clay as well as terracotta. At the moment I am focusing on small bottles, jugs, mugs, jars and bowls

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Pauline Wright

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

Pauline Wright

I am a retired teacher and first threw a pot over 40 years ago. Throughout my teaching career in middle and primary schools I taught art and enjoyed introducing my students to pottery (lots of thumb and slab pots). After attending an evening class in 2015 and getting frustrated about the limited time I could spend on the wheel I was fortunate to join ClayWirks in April 2016 and found the ideal place to develop my passion for clay.

               

I love experimenting with different forms and glaze finishes. I use a variety of stoneware clays making both functional and decorative pieces ranging from mugs, bowls, jugs and yarn bowls to a commissioned dinner service.

           

My sketch book has pages of ideas to develop in the future including throwing bigger bowls…making the perfect set of nesting dishes and eventually making a set of pasta bowls for my sister in law with glazes that totally reflect the colours of the Hebridean landscapes that we both love.

 

       

Glazing -ah there’s another area to develop. It is unpredictable to say the least. Sometimes the kiln gods smile. 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. The same glaze, solar orange, is used in all of the bowls in the three pictures above!

  Lots more experiments to do.

                     

I hope to be able to sell my work this year at the Artisan Markets at Cromford Mill and at the Bakewell Craft and Gift Fair. 

You can see my most recent work on Crag View Ceramics on Facebook.

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Rosemary Rennie

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

    

Rosemary Rennie

                                                                   

       

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

Having made a variety of hand built pots in the past, Rosie regularly throws on the wheel and experiments with both slips and  glazes making domestic stoneware. Rosie has recently been making very large garden pots using coils. She also makes buttons and ceramic jewellery

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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 and seaweed.

susanolumide.co.uk

 

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