© 2019 Michelle Foote Pottery

Growing up in St Ives I always enjoyed making art but after moving away to Devon as a teenager followed different career paths. It was only after having children and returning to live in St Ives that I rediscovered the joy of creating art and I have spent the last few years delighting in exploring different creative mediums to find my own artistic 'voice'.

I was fortunate to study throwing techniques with local master potter, Adrian Brough and realised I could utilise favoured techniques in painting, printing and pattern-making in a three-dimensional format.

Fascinated with repeat patterns and inspired by Scandiniavian folk art, Art Nouveau and nature, I work from my garden studio to make wheelthrown and handbuilt pottery from local Cornish clay. I use a variety of methods including sgraffito (scratching the clay through coloured slip), inlaying, painting and stamping (using handcarved clay stamps or found items such as acorns or poppy heads).

I don't tend to have a preconceived idea about the end result of a piece - I want the pattern to emerge organically as I draw or carve and I predominently use green and blue oxides and glazes. In the final firing I love how these colours come to life. Every glaze kiln opening feels like receiving presents on Christmas Day!