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.

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.

Rachel Pritchard
Contemporary Ceramics

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

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!

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.

Andrew Illsley

Andrew’s pebble boxes are inspired by the soft, eroded forms and subtle colour palette of the Irish west coast shoreline. Complementary slips and glazes give a variety of tones and textures that speak within this visual language. Andrew grew up near Bromyard in Herefordshire before moving away as an adult, ultimately to Dublin in 2007. A gift of a weekend pottery course with Martin Homer in Ludlow on a return visit began a love affair with clay. He continued to make in Dublin in evening classes, an antidote to a series of uninspiring temping jobs. Some years later, now firmly addicted to clay, he set aside a career as an archivist to train to become a full time potter. Andrew graduated from the DCCoI Ceramics Skills & Design Course in Thomastown Co Kilkenny in 2016. He has exhibited and sold work at both the Ceramics Ireland Members and Selected