This year there will be four artists exhibiting at Ewelme Pottery - Harriet Coleridge: Ceramics, John Parrey: Carved wood (birds, fish and fantastic creatures), Mary Lowry: Handwoven scarves and shawls in silk and wool and Jane Duff: Landscape painting. There is quite a large garden (overlooking the lovely 15th century Ewelme church) so, should the studio and gallery be full it will be possible to sit or wander in the garden. The gallery is very well ventilated.
The Pottery will be open from 12th April (please take a chance or call in advance). There are a great many pots to choose from as lockdown proved to be a creative period with not many distractions. I have been busy making and firing pots in stoneware with the carbon trap shino glaze and have also focussed on porcelain glazed with sea green/turquoise celadon.
In addition, I have branched out into working with wood - want, yew and elm. I will have bread and charcuterie boards for sale as well as pots with wooden lids and handles.
Other exhibitions that I will be participating in this year include Ceramics at Waterperry 16th - 18th June. it is really hoped that this year the show will be able to go ahead. There will be a large number of potters from all over the country.
After graduating in Theology from Bristol University I was apprenticed to Alan Caiger Smith at Aldermaston Pottery for four years in the 'eighties where I learned to throw and decorate tin glazed earthenware. Since then I have run studios in Hampshire, America and France and, for the last twenty years, in Ewelme.
Most of my work these days is stoneware, glazed with a dramatic carbon trap shino decorated with wax, rose ash and gold lustre. I also work in porcelain glazed with celadon or fired naked in an anagama kiln in France. I make a wide variety of forms, most of them designed to be used, from small 'shots' (2 " tall) to tall bottles (2' tall). There is a full range of pots for the table as well as fish for the wall, garden jars, water features and chess boards.
The shino glaze is very variable and thus hard to describe; it ranges from amber through black with crystal formations and speckles. For the most dramatic effects it has to be ferociously reduced in a flame kiln. It is fired to 1270' C. There are images on my website.
I do also still make tin glazed pots, mainly mugs. These are handpainted with pigments made from metal oxides and can be inscribed to order with names.
For the most up to date images and even news do follow me on Instagram: harriet_coleridge_potter. Better still, come and visit!