Meet the maker

"I consider myself to be extremely lucky to have found clay and I’m continually excited by the processes of working with it.  I have been potting for twenty years now and during that time the main focuses of my work have encompassed low firing techniques and especially resist Raku.

 

However, in an attempt to move away from this extreme firing process, recent work has been exploring new surface treatments where texture forms the background for botanical imagery. Using under-glaze for dramatic colour variations, my aim is to replicate, to some extent, the look of raku fired clay. I also make wall pieces using botanical samples from my garden and the woodland surrounding my home."

 

Jacqui is currently showing a collection of her beautiful vessels and sculptural forms as part of our solo showcase series, until 31st July 2015.

Craft & Design Month 2015

"I use all making methods, often combining techniques to create forms - moulded sections with slabbed additions, thrown sections with coiled additions etc.

 

Inspiration for form and pattern is drawn from many sources but the view from my studio window which looks out over my garden and the woodland beyond in rural Shropshire has the most enduring influence, ever changing with the seasons, a rich palette of colour and shape.

 

Before moving to Shropshire I taught ceramics in colleges and for the NHS mental health service which teaches art as therapy. I exhibit in galleries throughout the UK and I have work in public collections at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the City Museum, Stoke on Trent."

The view from the studio door

The view from the studio door

Inside the studio

Inside the studio

The studio from the gravel garden

The studio from the gravel garden

Looking through the studio window

Looking through the studio window

Looking down at the studio from the high garden

Looking down at the studio from the high garden

Inside the studio - from the door

Inside the studio - from the door

The studio from the gravel garden

The studio from the gravel garden