Spring 2021

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PROCESS

Clay from a local quarry on the north Cornish cliffs is wedged to get rid of air bubbles and is then centered on the wheel

POTTERY AND ME

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Michelle works from her garden studio near St Ives using stoneware clay from a clifftop quarry at St Agnes on a traditional Leach kick wheel. She has also recently started producing thrown work in porcelain.

She grew up within a creative family in St Ives and moved to Devon in her late teens to pursue non-creative career paths. Michelle rediscovered the joy of creating art when her children were small and, upon returning to her home town in 2010 started to explore learning about different art forms. Taking some throwing lessons in 2015 opened the fascinating world of ceramics and has allowed her to combine favoured techniques in painting and printmaking in a 3D format.

Michelle combines her love of pattern and texture with the influence of the West Cornwall environment and often uses items found on local walks such as pebbles, shells and driftwood as tools in her work which is fired in an electric kiln using renewable energy.

Studio

My stripy garden studio

My throwing and firing space is in the garage and the pottery decorating and tea drinking takes place in the garden studio.

SURFACE
DECORATION

I love Scandinavian folk art, Art Nouveau and patterns found in nature.

 

Repeat patterns feature

on a lot of my work.

(No surprise that I loved playing Spirograph as a child!)

Spring is in the air and I have started to explore new ideas for the coming year. 

These are my new Shoal bud vases - squillions of carved marks in the wet clay create a unique pattern reminiscent of shoals of fish in the sea. Copper oxide and a pastel blue celadon glaze bring them to swirling life.

FEEDBACK FROM CUSTOMERS

From an international customer

I received my lovely pottery safe and sound on Tuesday. Thank you for packaging them up so well. What gorgeous pieces, it brings such joy to look at them!

International customer

Just to let you know that I received your beautiful vase and I just love it!!

Looking at your vase makes me happy and I love the colour too! Thank you for the fast shipping!

Etsy customer

The ceramic pot is lovely and my money plant sits well.

Communication and packing were excellent. What more to ask?

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To the Lighthouse

View towards Godrevy Lighthouse from Steeple Nature Reserve