Hand thrown pottery and stoneware are excellent talking pieces. Perfecting pottery techniques and individual style takes patience and practice to master. As with many handcrafted pursuits, techniques that artisans develop can produce perfect feature pieces to take centre stage in the home.
First of all, Clare Conrad caught my eye with her hand thrown vessels, rugged and colourful on the outside, plain and satin-smooth on the inside. By layering pigments onto the wet clay, Clare creates a wide palette of subtle colours and ancient tones through texture. Individuality, unusual and thought provoking are words that best describe her stunning pieces.
In addition, crockery is all part of the presentation, too. Miranda Berrow creates unique sets of plates, bowls, teapots, mugs, and saucers. Miranda is responsible for her crockery from start to finish, from moulding the clay to hand painting the object. As a result, each finished item will be subtly different from the other.
Especially relevant, Hannah Tounsend was awarded in 2016 ‘New Designers One Year On Award’ for her innovative ceramic style. Her hand thrown vessels are white earthenware with slip and underglaze decoration. In addition, she sometimes incorporates fragments of beach glass and rusted harbour items into her designs. Consequently, the look Hannah has developed has become so sought after that she doesn’t often have a large selection of pieces available. She takes commissions and makes her pieces to order (see Hannah’s ‘ceramics range’).