The making process for ceramic jewellery and vessels both start with hand colouring clay with pigments. After tweaking to get the right shade, these are rolled into white clay to create patterns embedded into the clay body.
Each item of porcelain jewellery is hand carved and goes through lots of stages. They are fired to a high temperature in my garden studio, using renewable energy. Once fired, I polish them to create a smooth tactile surface. One of the most frequent comments I recieve about my jewellery is the lovely feel of the porcelain when they're worn.
Sculptural Ceramic Vases
The way the vases are cut depends on how the pattern lies on the slab – working out the pattern design is one of my favourite parts of the process. After construction, they are dried super slowly and, as with the jewellery, go through sanding and smoothing before their first firing to reveal the pattern and create a tactile surface. The vases are glazed with a non-toxic glaze and fired again to a high temperature.
One of the things I love about handmade work is the difference in each piece that reveals the hand of the maker, making every item one of a kind.