Ceramics by Anja
Lisa Ellul studied Three Dimensional Design at the Manchester Metropolitan University specializing in ceramics. It was during her second year of study that Lisa was selected to take part in an exchange program to study ceramics at Blaker College in Norway. It was here in the isolation of rural Norway in the depths of winter that her true love of ceramics blossomed. She loved the versatility and endless possibilities of clay.
Lisa creates her unique hand built ceramic vessels, forms and botanical wall art from her studio in the beautiful Peak District. She has always had a love of nature and been fascinated by the beautiful natural structures and textures found in plants, bark and seed pods. It is this natural theme that inspires her ceramics.
Lisa’s vessels are constructed from layers of finely rolled tubes or cones of clay. These are organised in a structured formation building the thickness of the vessel wall. Some vessels are multi-layered and hold a solid, weighted volume. Others are simple one-layer vessels resembling seed pods. This method of construction creates an intricate texture and articulation of surface. Surfaces are almost bone like with fossilised leaf patterns or inlayed textures. Simple washes of oxides highlight texture and the occasional use of gold leaf adds a sense of luminosity and luxury.
Lisa aims for her pieces to intrigue and fascinate the viewer.
Since setting up in 1997 Lisa have exhibited throughout the United Kingdom as well as America and Europe. Her ceramics are in the collection of The City Gallery, Manchester and William Ismay’s private collection since donated to The Yorkshire Museum.
Emily Stacey Ceramics
Emily enjoys family life in sunny Bournemouth. She works in her garden workshop closely guarded by her two tabbies Jazzy and Jeff. In between juggling children, cats, not sleeping, dust, washing, teaching and building sandcastles she loves to draw and make.
Jane James Ceramics
Jane James is an award winning artist working from her production studio overlooking English Harbour in St Helier. Jane’s work draws on inspiration from the beautiful coastline of Jersey.All her ceramics are either hand cut or press moulded from white earthenware clay. They are then hand finished using a range of implements including various shells.Most of Jane’s pieces are mounted on local driftwood collected from the many beautiful beaches around Jersey.
Kirsti Hannah Brown Ceramics
Working from her studio in Flintshire (no, I don’t know where that is either!) Kirsti works with a variety of stoneware clays to produce light and elegant bottles and spherical forms. Due to the construction method each piece is unique.
The glazes and decorations are then added to evoke landscapes, seascapes and marks found in the landscape.
Mary Howard- George Ceramics
Rob Whelton Ceramics
Rob works from his studio down the Wylye valley in Wiltshire. He throws and hand builds quirky designs, decorated with seaside and countryside images. He produces a range of animals, including chickens, puffins and penguins. All Robs pots are Raku fired, brightly coloured with slips and coloured glazes, and highlighted with gold leaf.
A London-based ceramic artist using porcelain & white earthenware to create simple and delicate tea light shells. Crystalline glazes are used with the earthenware shells resulting in stunning colour combinations while the delicate eggshell like porcelain shells are beautifully simple with a paperlike transparency.
Sophie Smith ceramics
Bright and colourful earthenware ceramics. Highly decorative, but functional too. Influenced by medieval art and design mixed with some of Sophie’s favourite artists including Chagall and Klimt. Slipcast and hand build simple shapes with designs scratched into the wet clay. Decorated using slips, glazes, lustres and precious metals. Each piece is fired three times.