What is the inspiration for your most recent collection featured at MADE?
This new series of work is called ‘seashore collection’. This latest collection is inspired by the natural and delicate colours which can be found along the seashore. The matte textures of shells and different hues of blue of the sea have given this collection both a comforting and fresh feel. For a while now I wanted to explore and use a stoneware clay body. My choice of glazes were heavily inspired by the colours found at the beach.It’s been very exciting to explore my new ideas and concepts. The tactile and unique colours of this range really makes it special. The mugs in particular are the perfect size for a morning cup of coffee or tea!
When and how did you realise that working with ceramics was something you wanted to do as a career?
My first experience of ceramics was during my foundation degree, the ceramic department put on a taster session for Raku firing and glazing and the whole process was fascinating. I then started my journey to learn more about ceramics on the BA course at CSAD. The more I learnt about ceramics, the more I fell in love with the material and potential the material had.
How does the process inspire you ?
I particularly love slip casting, the process of making a plaster mould which at times can be challenging is my favourite. The results you get are so rewarding. I’m forever looking and searching for forms to make a mould of, sometimes an object will be given to me or found at a charity shop. I like how I can change and reimagine this object and create something new and fresh.
What are your ambitions for this year ?
My ambition this year is to further develop the stoneware clay work. Decorative objects have been a big part of my business for a long time now and I will carry on creating beautiful objects for the home but I’m excited to create more functional objects alongside that work. I’ve also just completed my NQT year and hope to bring my passion for clay into the classroom and inspire my students to work with this fantastic material.
Meet our maker of the month Harriet, who runs Fallow Deer Ceramics, and her latest range of work that is currently available through MADE.
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