CERAMICS

Rachel Padley
Ceramic Artist

I produce a range of domestic ware finished in colourful glazes, and garden sculptures, including Green man plaques.

My career as an artist began in 1976 when, on leaving school, I went to work as a stone carver at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. I subsequently went on to obtain an honors degree in sculpture at Kennington School of Art. I then continued my career working as a conservator of ancient monuments at, among other places, Arundel Castle and Harewood House.

The progression to ceramics came 10 years ago, when I learned how to throw on the potters’ wheel and how to create vessels from slabs of clay. I now produce a range of sculptural pieces for the garden, which include my “Green Man” series, Flora, Bacchus and others. My domestic ware is finished with colourful glazes and then fired in an electric kiln. My work is influenced by my interest in old buildings, particularly churches, and a love of nature and the countryside.

Avril Farley
Potter

After working for over 30 years in commerce, I gave up ‘the day job’ in February 2002 to devote the majority of my time to ceramics. My workshop is an old converted wash house at my home in the Forest of Dean, where, apart from a small gas bottle fuelled raku kiln, I am wholly dependant upon electricity to fire my work.

My great love is porcelain, and the majority of my work is made in this demanding clay, although I also use a fine white Australian stoneware for special effects. Whatever the media, it is very important to me that my work is well finished, tactile, and visually appealing at any angle.

My pieces are wheel thrown and fired to between 1260 and 1280 celcius in an electric kiln. I am interested in glaze technology and my work is an ongoing exploration into the beguiling and frustrating discipline of Macro Crystalline glazes. I feel this glaze to be reminiscent of many natural themes, including the soft lichen on the stones and trees of the Forest in which I live and work.

Stuart Houghton
Potter

“Almost without exception potters are good cooks” comments Stuart Houghton. Potting is rather like cooking. Choose the right ingredients, keep it simple and be generous. Stuart’s hand thrown, high fired porcelain bowls, platters, jugs and mugs get the recipe right; simple, strong and a joy to handle straight from oven to table.”

 

Images by Clare de la Torre.

Richard Goodwin-Jones
Ceramic Artist

Richard completed his original ceramics training in Worcester, then moved south to Cornwall,and then further south to the coast of Brittany with his wife Julie, a designer in her own rite, who helps with the design and development of their ceramics.

Richard's work is influenced by the colours and textures in the harbours, boatyards and coastline of cornwall and Brittany. He uses the distinctive raku firing to reproduce similar effects on the surface of his 3D boats, lighthouses and harbour houses and in his framed ceramic pictures too.

Victor Hugo
Potter

Potter Victor Hugo hails from the Forest of Dean, despite sharing his name with a famous French novelist. He produces terracotta domestic ware as well as wonderful garden pots and bird houses and smiling cats. His outdoor terracotta pots are proof against the severest winter.

Fiona Bates
Ceramic Artist

Fiona largely works in white earthenware. Her work is made by combining collected objects or developing pieces from observation to produce range of work from large sculptural items such as fireplaces and jardinières, horses, wall mounted rams heads and other animals to smaller pieces as detailed below:

Fish
A range of wall mounted fish including bass, bream, sardines, grey mullet, red snapper, and mackerel which are wall mounted and glazed with a unique dry glaze that has been designed to enhance the surface detail of the fish and make each one unique.

Boats
A range of small boats using fishing trawlers in Ilfracombe harbour as a point of reference. These are decorated with a range of slips, glazes and other surface treatments. Some are boxes containing ‘treasures’, others are decorative.

Shoes
Using real found shoes for inspiration a range of children’s and adults shoes have been made. Some finished pieces are left unglazed to create a ‘leather like’ finish other are glazed and enamelled. Each pair is unique.

Rachel Pritchard
Contemporary Ceramics

A range of decorative and distinctive contemporary earthenware ceramics, featuring bowls, pots, jugs, vases, lidded jars and sculptural vessels.

Eleanor Bartleman

Porcelain Figurines

Eleanor combines her interest in mythology, in particular the Beast Epic of Reynard The Fox, with her fine porcelain sculptured figures. Her treasure boxes are delightful , each one is a unique and richly decorated, with a strong influence from Elizabethan textile patterns.

Alex Shimwell
Working on the wheel in both porcelain and stoneware, Alex takes his inspiration from the materials and glazes and how they interact

He says,”My goal with each piece is to create something that is beautiful and calm. I do not use decoration in the form of surface pattern or motif prefering to experiment with texture, or changing materials or firing style to see how they enhance and communicate ."

Jenny Hall
Abstract Pottery

Jenny Hall's red earthenware clay decorated with slips which are dipped, slipped and sgraffitoed. Fluid forms and beautiful cream and honey glazes.

Mary Chappelhow
Dripping Slip Pottery

Mary Chappelhow uses a variety of stoneware clays to produce thrown functional mugs, jugs and bowls which are extremely good value for money. She once set the Guiness World Record for the most pots thrown on a potters wheel in one hour!

Hiromi Nakajima
I am from Japan. I studied at University of Westminster on the Harrow Ceramics course and got my Degree in 2009. We set up our studio at Malvern in 2012.

 

Working with animals makes me happy, and one way I can share this with others is through the ceramics I make. Animal behaviour is absorbing and entertaining. Often, they are so expressive I feel as if they could almost talk. I believe that smiling is very important in life, and it is my hope that the animals I have created will, in turn, bring a smile to your face

John Beck
I trained at the University of Westminster’s Harrow Ceramics Course and at the University of Wolverhampton’s Masters of Art Post Graduate Ceramics Course. We live in Malvern and started the pottery studio business in 2012.

 

I make functional pottery and design my work so that the user gains the most satisfaction and ease while drinking or eating from them. I add immediacy to the work by completing it as much as possible on the wheel and by using flowing glazes and engobes.

Neil Alcock
Nest Of Mixing Bowls

Neil Alcock trained at Winchcombe Pottery. His rich creamy blue glazes adorn domestic pottery which is dishwasher and oven proof.

Meril Till
Porcelain Lamps

Merill Till - delicate porcelain lamps with a textured surface. Translucent and atmospheric.

Nigel Lambert

Nigel's slip-decorated wood-fired earthenware has earned him international recognition. His thrown and altered pots combine bold contemporary shapes, with his unique style of decoration and strong sense of function.’

 

Since his days as a student in Cornwall Nigel has had a longstanding interest in Earthenware and believes in making pots that have relevance to our lives today. His pots are made using a combination of thrown and handbuilt techniques and the stunning decorative marks he makes are particularly influenced by the work of abstract painters, particularly Roger Hilton , Terry Frost, Patrick Heron and other artists from the Cornish peninsula. His pots are fired in a large woodfired kiln which is fueled with softwood off-cuts, this method of firing is labour intensive with long hours stoking the hot kiln, but the soft subtle effects it gives his work, makes the pieces unique.

 

Nigel currently lives and works in the Forest of Dean.