Drawing inspiration from historical ceramic wares, vintage textiles, paper ephemera and themes of collecting and commemoration, I create useable ceramics that collage together nostalgic form and imagery with just a little playful humour. Mixing styles, prints and colour in order to evoke memories, create connections and associations. The resulting pieces are somehow strange yet familiar, precious yet ordinary.

I work from my garden studio in Wiltshire on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, close to the Georgian city of Bath.

 

I hand build all my pieces using a combination of rolled slabs and slip cast components cast from my own plaster moulds. Using plaster and paper to create texture, followed by coloured slips and stencils to add base layers of decoration, the pieces are then biscuit fired and coated with a transparent glossy glaze. Finally, I apply transfer prints and sometimes metallic lustres before putting them back in the kiln for a third time.

Since graduating with a First Class Degree in Ceramics from The University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 2000 I have made a career making, exhibiting and selling my ceramics with many pots finding their way into public and private collections across the world and featuring in books and magazines from Ceramic Review to Vogue and Country Living.

My work can be bought through a number of shops and galleries in the UK and further afield. You can find all my current stockists listed here. Or shop online at www.madebyhandonline.com

I also regularly show at Craft and Ceramic fairs throughout the year, you'll find these listed on my events page.